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12:20 AM, May 22, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:29 AM, May 22, 2013

Fresh protests hit five factories in Ashulia

Workers of five garment companies in Ashulia took to the streets yesterday, demanding a pay hike and immediate reopening of the factories.
The demonstration that began in the morning at Medlar Apparels, Cosmopolitan Industries, Gilden Shahriar Garment, NASSA Group and Unicorn Sweater continued for one and a half hours.
The workers of Medlar Apparels gathered in front of their unit around 8am and started demonstrations, said SM Badrul Alam, a police inspector in Ashulia.
At one stage, a group of workers blocked the highway, halting traffic, he said. Locals said the police clubbed the workers to disperse them.
Production at Medlar Apparels has remained suspended following the unrest that began on May 1, said Reaz Bin Mahmood, vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
Garment makers kept around 200 factories closed in Ashulia for three days from May 13 due to continued labour unrest for a pay hike and attendance bonuses, Mahmood said. Most factories reopened after the shutdown.
But the owner of Medlar Apparels reopened the factory on May 17 only to shut it again following fresh labour unrest over the same demands. The factory has since remained closed.
Meanwhile, workers of NASSA Group held a rally in front of their factory, demanding lunch allowance, said Nazrul Islam Mazumder, chairman of the group.
Production at the factory came to a halt as the workers left the unit, Mazumder said.
The workers of Unicorn also left their factory premises demanding a hike in their salaries and other allowances, said Siddiqur Rahman, chairman of the company.
Meanwhile, Ha-Meem Group, a leading garment maker, resumed its production yesterday morning after a one-day halt following labour unrest.
A senior official of Cosmopolitan Industries said at least 6,000 workers demonstrated in the morning for double payment for three days of work, as the factory was open during the recent shutdown.
“We cleared the normal payment for the three days. But the workers are now demanding double pay. We agreed to the workers' demand,” the official said, seeking anonymity.

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