Workers of a garment factory at Fatullah in Narayanganj staged a protest on Tuesday morning against the retrenchment of workers without notice and demanding payment of two months’ arrears. The workers of Prime Textile Limited started demonstration in Nandalalpur area of Sadar Upazila Tuesday morning. Read more: RMG workers stage demo for arrears in Gazipur; 10 hurt in clash with cops The agitating workers claimed that the owner laid off 360 workers last month without giving any prior notice. They announced that another 650 employees will also be retrenched. They said that they found a factory closure notice on the gate in the morning and started the protest. Read more: RMG workers block road for dues in Chattogram The industrial police reached the area and spoke with the owners upon receiving the information. Demanding immediate payment of all arrears, they threatened to go for a tougher movement if their demands are not met.
At least 10 people were injured during a clash between police and workers of a garment factory in Gazipur on Tuesday as they blocked Dhaka-Tangail highway demanding arrears. The workers of New Line Clothing Limited Factory put up blockaed on the highway near Mouchak area around 9 am, disrupting movement of all kind of vehicles on the road. Read more: Payments to 3,428 garment workers, families approved from Central Fund As police tried to remove them from the road agitated workers started throwing brick chips, leading to a chase-counter-chase, said Sahidur Rahman, in charge of Mouchak police outpost.
The workers of Barapukuria Coal Mine continued their demonstrations for the second consecutive day on Thursday at the entrance of the coal mine to press home their two-point demand including payment of eight months’ arrears. On Wednesday, the workers along with their families staged demonstrations demanding the authorities allow the workers to return to work and pay their due wages before Eid-ul-Fitr. Also read: Barapukuria coal mine workers stage demo demanding arrears The workers have been holding different programmessince March to press home their demands. Meanwhile, another 400 workers who have been working locked inside the mine compound due to Covid situation for the last two years were staging demonstrations from inside to allow them work coming from home. Robiul Islam Robi, president of Barapukuria Coal Mine Miners' and Workers' Union said,” around 11,00 local miners excavate coal from the mine under three Chinease contractor companies CMC, XMC and JXMC.” “Of them 700 were supposed to get monthly Tk 4,000 each as allowance during their lay off due to Covid-19 pandemic but in the last 8 months they neither received any allowances nor were allowed to rejoin work.” Also read: Barapukuria Coal Mine workers give 72 hour-ultimatum for payment of arrears Meanwhile, the contracting companies forced 400 workers to stay inside the mine and work without allowing them to meet their families, he said. “To resolve the crisis the administration and the mine authority have not taken any steps yet,” said Abu Sufian, General Secretary of the workers’ union.
Agitated workers of Barapukuria Coal Mine in Dinajpur demonstrated on Sunday and gave an ultimatum of 72 hours to fulfill their demand of payment of eight months' arrears and rejoining work to the authority. The workers gathered for a meeting at the mine’s entrance after a demonstration in the area and handed a memorandum of the demands to the representative of the mine authority around noon. Also read: 175 officials including MD of Barapukuria Coal Mine contract Covid; coal extraction suspended If the demands are not met by 12pm on April 27, workers will take position in front of the mine’s entrance along with family and celebrate a joyless Eid-ul-Fitr there, said Robiul Islam, President of Barapukuria Coal Mine Miners' and Workers' Union. “Some 700 workers are struggling as eight months wages are due. Moreover, after sending them home due to Covid-19 two years have passed and the situation has become normal but they are not being allowed to join work yet,” said Abu Sufian, General Secretary of Barapukuria Coal Mine Miners' and Workers' Union. Also read: Roof collapse at Barapukuria coal mine kills 2 On January 30, this year, coal extraction was suspended temporarily at Barapukuria Coal Mine after around 125 Bangladeshi officials and 50 Chinese officials, including the managing director tested positive for COVID-19.
Traffic movement on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway remained suspended since Sunday morning as the workers of two readymade garment factories put barricade on the highway demanding payment of their dues. The workers of Interlink Apparels factory in Maleker Bari area and another in Bhogra in the city corporation area found the gates of the factories shut in the morning. Read:Oil tanker fire: missing worker’s body found on Karnaphuli river Workers said said the authorities were scheduled to pay the salaries of the previous month today.
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) started clearing the dues of the workers of state-owned jute mills in Khulna region following their hunger strike.