Most of the agitating RMG workers returned to work in their factories on Monday, a day after the government announced revision of their wage structure.
The garment workers joined work at the factories located in the capital and on its outskirts---Ashulia, Gazipur and Narayanganj.However, workers of several garment factories in Ashulia Industrial Area staged demonstrations and tried to block Dhaka-Tangail highway.
Mahmudur Rahman, inspector of Industrial Police-1, said most of the garment workers returned to work in their factories located in the capital, Ashulia, Gazipur and Narayanganj around 8:00am on Monday.
But, workers of Hamim Group, Sharmin Group, Envoy Group, Windy and a few other factories located at Jamgara, Narasinhapur and Beron in Ashulia left the factories around 9:00 am after resumption of their work, he informed.
Witnesses said the workers tried to block the Dhaka-Tangail highway in Ashulia’s Jamgora area around 9:00am telling that their basic salaries were not raised as per their expectations.
However, the industrial police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.
Following workers’ agitation, the authorities of eight garment factories in Jamgara, Narasinhapur and Beron gave an announcement that Monday was a holiday.Additional police forces were deployed in front of the factories to avert any untoward incident.
RMG workers of Dhaka and its outskirts were agitated since January 6 demanding a change in new wage structure and cancellation of what they said ‘a discriminatory wage board’ announced by the government for them.
Later, a 12-member tripartite committee comprising owners, workers and representatives of administration was formed on January 8.
The committee announced a wage hike that amended pay in six grades of the wage scale at a meeting on January 13.
Following the meeting, Minister for Commerce Tipu Munshi and State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian urged the workers to bring an end to their demonstrations assuring that the amended wage scale would be published in a gazette within a week.