Saturday, November 25, 2017

Garment workers demonstrate in Karwanbazar for dues

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2017-04-20 19:02:21 BdST


Hundreds of workers of four garment factories situated in Gazipur and Ashulia have demonstrated in the capital's Karwanbazar demanding back-pay and an end to jobs cuts.

They laid siege to the BGMEA building and the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments on Thursday.

The workers of Shade Fashions International, Shade Fashions Ltd and P&O Attires from Ashulia joined the protests in front of the Department of Inspection for Factories under the banner of Garment Workers' Trade Union.

The leaders of the organisation said the workers were demonstrating for a week for due payments, tiffin bills, holiday allowance, maternal leave allowance and payment of wage within the first week of every month.

One of the labour leaders, Manjur Moyeen, said the workers became anxious over the outstanding payments because the authorities have kept the factories shut since the beginning of this month.

In front of the BGMEA building, workers from Gazipur-based Suhcheon Company Bangladesh demonstrated demanding restoration of jobs to 687 workers and due payments under the banner of National Garment Workers' Federation.

The organisation's leader Khairul Mamun Mintu said the authorities of the factory implicated the sacked workers in a criminal case instead of paying their outstanding wages.

He said the workers filed complaints over the matter with the labour ministry and the BGMEA.

A BGMEA official said the garment traders' body would sit with Suhcheon authorities to discuss the issue.