'Adiat Apparels claims that they will clear all dues by May 20, but did not disclose any further details on the matter, which prompted workers to observe a peaceful demonstration in front of the factory'
Around 300 workers of a garment factory staged a demonstration in Savar’s Ashulia on Wednesday demanding the reopening of their closed factory and payment of their salaries and dues.
According to some workers of “Adiat Apparels” garment factory, the factory authorities hanged a notice on March 31 declaring it closed until May 31 and half of March's salary was paid between March 24 and 25.
The workers also alleged that the factory authorities threatened them as they staged demonstrations several times for their dues.
Adiat Apparels Manager (Administration) Md Shamim Miya said: “There are some due payments owed to the workers of the company, which we will clear within May 20. Besides, we have decided to temporarily shut down the factory in the absence of new orders. We hope to reopen the factory as soon as the situation improves.”
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre General Secretary (Ashulia region) Manjurul Islam Manju said: “Adiat Apparels claims that they will clear all dues by May 20, but did not disclose any further details on the matter, which prompted workers to observe a peaceful demonstration in front of the factory.”
Jaan E Alam, assistant superintendent of Dhaka Industrial Police-1, said: “We are discussing the matter with the factory authority in order to reach a solution soon. Meanwhile, additional police personnel have been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward situation.”