Labour leaders: reopen Hall-Mark factories
Leaders of 40 trade unions in the garment sector yesterday demanded reopening of the factories of Hall-Mark Group and payment of arrears to its workers.
The leaders also demanded trial of the accused persons of the group soon, in a memorandum submitted to State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian.
They also demanded appointment of an administrator in the group and withdrawal of the cases filed against the workers. Earlier, the leaders held a rally in front of National Pres Club in the capital yesterday.
“During the meeting, we also demanded interference of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to reopen the factories, for which over 3,000 workers of the group are suffering now,” Delwar Hossain Khan, one of the leaders of the trade unions, told The Daily Star.
All garment factories of Hall-Mark Group were announced closed for an indefinite period last month after the arrest of its top officials for their involvement in a loan scam with state-owned Sonali Bank.
The factories of the group have virtually halted production since May this year, when its scam started to get revealed.