Five RMG workers injured as police charge batons

Staff Correspondent

At least five garment workers were injured as police charged batons on the agitating workers in front of the headquarters of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association in the city on Monday.
Several hundred workers of Swan Garments Ltd located at Mollartek in the city’s Uttara area started to gather in front of the BGMEA building at around 10am demanding their wages for five months as factory authorities shut the unit on April 10 without clearing the workers’ dues.
The workers besieged the BGMEA building while a delegation from the workers held talks with the Association officials to resolve the crisis.
At around 1:45pm, police launched attack to disperse the agitating workers that left at least five workers injured, workers said.
Workers said that the owners shut the factory on April 10 without any announcement, pushing them into dire state and later one of the owners has died.
‘Now the BGMEA and the government will have to take the responsibility of 1,300 workers of the factory as the owner was a foreigner and he died,’ said Md Milon, supervisor of the factory.
The BGMEA president Atiqul Islam told New Age that the issue is very much complicated as the factory owner has died and his heirs are foreigners.
‘Only government can take initiative for the payment of workers by taking over the assets of the factory owners and we have requested labour ministry to look into the matter,’ he said.
Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Worker Trade Union Centre, said that the BGMEA agreed to hold a tripartite meeting including government and workers to resolve the crisis.
‘We demanded to take initiative for the meeting within three days,’ he said.

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