Agitated workers in Iswardi EPZ stage demonstrations
Garment workers from a couple of readymade garment factories in the Ishwardi EPZ yesterday staged protests over disputes with factory owners.
Workers of 'Roshita Knitting Ware', a foreign RMG factory, observed work abstinence in the company premises demanding a raise in the piece rate of production.
Upon intervention by EPZ officials and factory's hierarchy later on in the day, the agitated workers went back to their stations.
“The workers often do not think about the company's best interests so they often observe such agitation programs. Company authority with the suggestion from the EPZ officials had increased the piece rate earlier but few workers from the knitting section demanded more,” EPZ general manager Md Mahamudul Hassan said to The Daily Star.
Meanwhile, 291 sacked workers from Roshita Knitting and Megha Tex formed a human chain at Rooppur intersection of Pabna-Kushthia highway, demanding to be rehired on the grounds that they were unfairly dismissed.
“We, the workers, are living in hardship, so we urge the government to intervene for our sake,” said Md Helal Uddin, president of Roshita knit workers association.