Sidco Group to reopen factory, pay suspended workers | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 22, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:01 AM, October 22, 2020

Sidco Group to reopen factory, pay suspended workers

Sidco Group, a garment manufacturing company which had suspended 165 workers last week and shut its Ashulia factory following workers' unrest, has reached an agreement with the workers.

Following requests of workers and labour leaders, the authority has decided to reopen the factory on October 26 and provide paid benefit to the 165 workers.

In presence of Dhaka industrial Police-1, officials of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, workers' representatives of the factory and labour leaders came to an agreement on Thursday at a meeting held at a hall of Dhaka Industrial Police-1.

Confirming the matter, Sidco Group Assistant General Manager Nazrul Islam said on October 12, some workers vandalised the factory and beat up four factory officers. Following the incident, on October 13, authorities shut the factory for an indefinite period under Article 13/1 of the Labour Act. After finding out the miscreants, authorities suspended 165 workers and served them show-cause notice.

"As the suspended workers did not respond to the notice, we decided to give them benefits, and they were let go from work," said Nazrul Islam, adding that the workers accepted the decision, and authorities will pay their benefits on October 25.

On October 18, based on claims of workers and labour leaders, The Daily Star reported Sidco terminated 165 employees from its factory at Jamgora, as the workers demonstrated to demand arrears. 

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