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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Bangladesh industrial sector flares up again

Dhaka, 02 June, (INS + least 30 people were injured on Wednesday in clashes between workers and officials of a readymade garment factory in the Dhaka export processing zone at Savar.

In the morning several hundred workers of A-1 garments factory started a work abstention program to press home their 11-point charter of demands.

More than 100 workers from Youngone, Spot-ex and Shine Fashion, a sister concern of Ring Sign Industry of South Korea, expressed solidarity with the demands and also went on work abstention.

The workers also staged demonstrations.

‘We staged a sit-in and refused to work, as the authorities refuse to fulfill our demands about salary, working hours, overtime allowance and other benefits,’ said an agitated worker.

‘The workers tried to reason with the management but it did not pay any attention,’ Sabina, another worker who was injured in the clashes, said.

Meanwhile, Shine Fashion announced that they would meet the workers’ demand after a meeting between the representatives of the workers and the management.

As the news broke, the A-1 workers staged demonstration, asking the authorities to immediately meet their demands. Otherwise, they said, they would not join work.

At about 11:30am, the general manager, the production manager and some sidekicks of the owner assaulted some workers, triggering off violence.

The workers assaulted the general manager, Mohammad Hannan, and the production manager, Mohammad Jewel.

A journalist of the electronic media was also assaulted before being rescued by members of the police, the Bangladesh Ansars and the Rapid Action Battalion.

‘We tried to convince the foreign authorities [of the factory] into meeting our demands but a section of local officials misled them,’ a representative of the workers alleged.

All the workers of Youngone, Spot-tex and A-1 factory located at Old DEPZ pledged to continue their demonstrations until their demands were met.

In a joint statement, Jatiya Sramik Federation president Sahida Sarkar and general secretary Amirul Haque urged the authorities to accept the demands of the workers immediately.

A tense situation is prevailing in the area despite deployment of a huge contingent of the police, the Bangladesh Rifles, the Ansars and the Rapid Action Battalion.

- INS + Asian Tribune -

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