The apparel workers blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway for two hours demanding implementation of their new wage structure in Saturia upazila of Manikganj this morning.
Vehicular movement on the highway came to a halt since 9:15am when workers of Tarasima Apparels took position on the road in Nayadingi area of the upazila, reports our Manikganj correspondent.
The commuters suffered a lot as they had to strand on a three kilometres of traffic congestion, said Mashiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Saturia Police Station.
The new wage structure for the readymade garment workers which was passed on November 4 was expected to be implemented by the authorities of all apparel factories from December 1 last year.
On information, a team of army personnel and policemen went to the spot and managed to remove the workers from the highway around 11:15am, Rahman added.
The workers freed the highway when law enforcers assured them that they would talk with the factory authorities about the implementation of the new wage structure.
Two days ago, a chase and counter chase took place between the workers of the factory and its officials on the same issue.
The angry workers then vandalised several buses of the factory.