Workers of two RMG factories abstain from work in Savar, Gazipur
Several hundred garment workers of a factory at Khagan in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, abstained from work and demonstrated yesterday protesting termination of 64 workers.
Meanwhile, workers of another RMG factory at Telipara in Gazipur city observed work abstention yesterday as the factory authorities issued show cause notices on 16 workers asking them to explain for violation of rules.
Our Savar correspondent reports, Kajol Apparels Village Ltd Managing Director Azizul Islam Kajol alleged that the 64 workers were sacked as they violated the factory disciplines.
Denying the allegation, the workers said they did not defy the factory rules but demonstrated for their salaries and Eid bonuses before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Ashulia Industrial Police Assistant Deputy Director Abdus Sattar said amid workers' demonstration the management paid only the bonuses.
Workers said when they went to the factory to join work yesterday after Eid vacation they found a notice at the main entrance about the termination.
They said if the authorities did not withdraw the order they would go for tougher agitations.
Our Gazipur correspondent adds, the worker of Crystal Martin BD Limited staged a demonstration in the area Saturday.
The factory's HR and Admin Manager Raisul Alam said the factory authorities issued the show cause notices on the 16 workers as they misbehaved with them on August 5.
The workers denied the allegation and said they staged a demonstration demanding their arrears and Eid bonuses before Eid-ul-Fitr.
At a meeting with industrial police and Department of Labour in the factory, the factory authorities decided to sack the 16 after paying the arrears, said Raisul.
The workers said they would decide about their programme after a formal declaration in this regard.