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1,300 RMG workers sued, 25 held

  • Published at 02:42 pm January 16th, 2019
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Savar OC Abdul Awal said several cases were filed against 418 workers, and 13 of them have already been apprehended

Multiple cases were filed against more than 1,300 RMG (ready-made garments) workers in Savar and Ashulia for vandalizing machineries and robbery during their recent movement to protest against discrepancies in their wage structure.

Two cases were filed with Savar model police station and six others with Ashulia police station, the officers-in-charge (OCs) have confirmed.

Twenty-five workers were also arrested in connection with the cases, they said.

On January 9, Abdus Salam, security guard of Ashulia Metro Knitting and Dyeing Mills Ltd, filed a case against 355 workers of the factory.

On January 11, Anwarul Islam, principal manager of Ashulia Knit Asia Ltd, filed another case against 50 workers of the factory.

Fifty workers from Orbit Apparels Ltd, 312 from AR Jeans Producer Ltd, and 58 from Mahmud Fashion were sued on the same day.

On January 12, a case was filed against 60 workers of Hameem Group Ltd.

Confirming the incidents, Ashulia OC Zabed Masud said a total of 881 people were sued in connection with vandalism and robbery during the movement.

Of them, 12 were arrested, he said.

Savar OC Abdul Awal said several cases were filed against 418 workers, and 13 of them have already been apprehended, he said.

After eight days of labour unrest, the government on Sunday announced a revised pay structure for the garments sector, with a slight increase in both basic and gross wages in six of the seven grades.

The gross hike ranges from a token Tk15 to a modest Tk747, effective from December last year and to be adjusted from February. 

In the new pay scale, which comes after years, the annual increment has been fixed at 5%.

Workers, protesting since January 6, had been demanding pay rises in three grades in particular _ grades 3, 4 and 5.

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