2 RMG units shut in Ashulia
Productions at two readymade garment units in Ashulia remain suspended for Saturday as employees of one factory went on work abstention while another was closed following "mass sickness" of workers.
Workers of "Mscsuoka Apparel Ltd", a Japan-funded factory, in Kumkumari Bazar of Ashulia have been observing work abstention since the morning protesting termination of some of their fellow workers, reported our correspondent.
The authorities of "The Rose", a factory owned by Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), in Ashulia Industrial belt, shut its production as over one hundred workers of the factory fell sick after having dinner server by the authority Friday night.
Around 2,000 workers of Mscsuoka went to their work place Saturday morning but did not join their works as the authority terminated 26 workers in the morning and 46 others in the last week.
Lutfor Rahman, quality manager of the factory said they had terminated some workers on the allegation of creating anarchy in the factory.
The workers however denied the allegation saying that the authorities terminated their colleagues to minimise the going movement for wage hike and other facilities that brews following the collapse of Rana Plaza on April 24.
At least 1,132 people mostly garment workers died in the worst ever disaster of the RMG sector, leading to the suspension of the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) in the US market.
The workers on Saturday threatened to refrain from works until the terminated workers are reinstated.
Abdus Sattar, assistant deputy director of Ashulia Industrial Police, said they urged the factory authorities and employees to settle the matter with discussion.
Meanwhile, around 115 workers of "The Rose" garment were hospitalised at nearby Centre for Women and Child Health in Savar after they had food served by the factory authorities around 9:00pm on Friday.
All but two were released on the night after having primary treatment.
The two workers were released Saturday morning, said the BGMEA president.
The factory was declared closed for Saturday for the rest of worker as some of them still complained of dizziness, he added.
The workers fell sick after eating foods including banana, cake and egg which were brought from local bakeries, the BGMEA boss added.
The samples of foods were sent to the International Centre for Diarrhoea Disease Research, Bangladesh for examination, he further said.