Unrest at two garments factories in GazipurOur Correspondent . Gazipur
Workers of two different factories in Gazipur protested and observed a strike on Thursday, demanding an increase in salary, Eid bonus’, profit shares and protesting against the system of ‘cut-off’s’ from the factory.
The workers of Vieala Tex Limited (unit-2) in Sadar Upaizla of Gazipur and Parfeti Van Meli Bangladesh Private Limited at Beltoli village under Shreepur Upazila of Gazipur took part.
At one stage, workers tried to block the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, adjacent to the factory, but police foiled the attempt.
Agitated workers said that recently the factory managements made a ‘cut-off’ list of its manpower and accordingly, fired workers from the quality section of the factory.
They claimed that the arrears of the sacked workers were not paid according to law. This triggered the labour unrest at the factory.
The workers observed a strike on Wednesday, demanding their salary to be paid for the month of July and 15 days of August, 5% profit and an Eid bonus.
But as the authorities did not show any interest, workers on Thursday began their agitation programme.
A human resources officer Vieala Tex Limited, Aminul Islam said, ‘the authority decided to cut-off some of its man power, as they had recently upgraded their system from manual to automation.
But we didn’t sack any worker until now,’ Aminul confirmed.
But the workers state that the agitation programme centres on whether the salaries of workers had been paid or not.
Later the management announced that it will fulfil the demands of the worker before EID. Later the factory announced the rest of Thursday a holiday.
The workers of Parfeti Van Meli Bangladesh Private Limited demanded a permanent appointment letter, an increase in medical allowance, not sacking workers without notice and paying overtime allowances as per rules.
The angry workers also demanded the removal of some officials of the factory, including manager (admin and human resource) Manjur Hossain Bachchu, assistant manager (admin and human resource) Atikur Rahman and assistant production manager Nur Hossain.
Confirming the incident, Nur Hossain said that the management had assured to fulfil the demands of workers at which point they withdrew the protest. Later the authorities also announced the day a
Additional police were deployed at the two factories.
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