Factory owners have downed shutters in at least 25 readymade garment factories in Savar and Ashulia as the workers continued to agitate for acceptance of the monthly wage fixed by a government-endorsed wage board.
Police said workers from these
factories walked out on Sunday morning as they had been doing over the past
several days, forcing the owners to declare holiday for Sunday.
have been agitating for quite some time now demanding a minimum monthly salary
of Tk 8,100 from their current Tk 3,000.
On Nov 4, a government-appointed
wage board prescribed the minimum wage at Tk 5,300 triggering protests from the
owners who even threatened to close down if forced to pay the proposed
Industrial Police-1 of Ashulia zone Inspector Abdus Sattar said
workers of Southers Fashions Limited started agitating on Sunday
Later, they walked out of the factory at Zirabo and started
pelting nearby factories with stones.
Workers from nearby factories
joined the protesters prompting 20 factories in the area to declare holiday for
Several other factories in Jamgarha, Narsinghpor, Nischantapur,
and Hemayatpur also called it a day due to workers’
Authorities at these factories declined to comment on the
unrest when approached.
Meanwhile, BGMEA representative Arshad Jamal, one
of the negotiators on the wage board, said the owners were in “process of
accepting workers’ demand” for Tk 5,300 monthly minimum wage.
He said the
official announcement would come later.