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RMG workers in Bangladesh take to street for arrears

Jun 16, 2021
RMG workers in Bangladesh take to street for arrears

Dhaka, Bangladesh

More than 600 workers of Lenny Fashion Ltd and Lenny Apparels Ltd blocked the Nabinagar-Chandra highway in front of the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) around 7:30 am on Sunday and started demanding their arrears. A readymade garment worker was killed in a clash between police and the workers afterwards. The victim has been identified as Jasmine Begum, a swing operator at Goldtex Garments Limited, said police.

Asaduzzaman, Superintendent, Dhaka Industrial Police (zone-1), said that, the worker died after hitting an electric pole while trying to escape the clash. He also said they repeatedly tried to talk to the protestors.

According to police, they had to use tear gas and water cannon against the demonstrators as they caused over an 8km-long tailback on both sides of the highway, after around 45 minutes of road blockade.

Abdus Sobhan, General Manager, DEPZ said that there were about 6,000 workers in the two factories and that authorities closed the factories last January but workers have already been paid arrears of Tk 45 crore. Attempts are being made to pay the remaining arrears.

The protestors alleged that the two factories announced the closure of their businesses in January without paying dues to their workers and at least 10 readymade garment workers were injured.

Source: The Daily Star

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