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Non-payment of Wages

RMG workers block roads in city

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 2 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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RMG workers block roads in city
Garment workers stage demonstration after blocking roads at Motijheel, Kamalapur and Arambagh in the capital on Tuesday protesting the closure of their factory without any prior notice. — Kamrul Islam Ratan

Hundreds of ready-made garment (RMG) workers blocked roads in the capital’s Motijheel areas, protesting the decision to relocate the factory and non-payment of their salaries.

The roadblock caused a huge traffic jam in the area, causing suffering for the commuters, especially office-goers and students.

Motijheel Traffic Zone Assistant Commissioner SM Bazlur Rashid said several hundred workers put up barricades at different points in the Motijheel area at 8:00 am, hampering the movement of vehicles. The workers blocked three important intersections in the Motijheel area.

Agitating workers of Olio Apparels Ltd said around 2,000 workers work in the factory.     The authorities of the company shut down their operation without any prior notice.

The factory authorities told us that they are shifting the factory to Dakkhinkhan and that is why the factory will be closed from November 1st, they alleged.

The workers claimed that they had not yet been paid for last month’s wages.

The protesting workers claimed that they had been working in the factory for a long time. Earlier, they were informed that the factory would be relocated to Dakkhinkhan. However, it was said that they will be notified one month prior to the relocation and that all dues will be paid. When they came to join work on Tuesday morning at 8:00 am, they found the factory locked and a notice hung on the wall.

"If they want to shift the factory, they can. Who are we to protest? But they promised us that the wages would be paid before relocating the factory and we would be given one month's prior notice, but they didn't," they complained.

Although the agitation continued till the filing of the report at about 6:00 pm, no official from Olio Apparels came to meet the workers.

At the same time, the traffic congestion on the road is intense. However, the agitators are helping to go to the ambulance on their own initiative.

The law enforcers said that they are trying to find a quick solution by talking to all the parties.

Additional police have been deployed to avoid any untoward incidents.

Akram Hossain, a private office employee, said that he had to walk to Motijheel Shapla Chattar from Fakirapool in the morning to reach his destination amid traffic gridlock. Public transport and other vehicles could not come into the Motijheel Shapla Chattar area due to the protest.