RMG workers’ demo enters third day, 50 hurt in clashes with cops

Kalerkantho Online   

8 January, 2019 11:53 AM

RMG workers’ demo enters third day, 50 hurt in clashes with cops

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At least fifty workers hurt as police charged button on a demonstration of garments workers over the new wage structure in Dhaka’s outskirts Savar and Uttara in the capital this morning with the workers’ agitations entered the third day on Tuesday.

The agitating workers reportedly block roads and locked in frequent clashes with the members of the law enforcement agencies at Hemayetpur in Savar and Uttara in the city.

The injured are yet to be identified. Savar Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdul Awal has confirmed the clashes and injuries.

Earlier yesterday, hundreds of readymade garment (RMG) workers staged demonstrations in Uttara, Savar and Gazipur while some of them took position on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, demanding cancellation of the ‘discriminatory’ wage board and calling for a raise in their wage with several other demands on the second day.

Source from the spots said the agitated workers of several garments factories gathered in Uttara and Abdullahpur areas and put barricades on the busy highway on Monday, halting vehicular movement.

The block on the movement of vehicles has led to heavy traffic congestion on both sides of the road while in Savar, at least 15 garment workers received injuries in a clash with police at Hemayetpur Bagbari on the day’s clashes.

They also took the streets on Sunday, demanding a raise in salary as well as clearing of other dues with blockades, disrupting traffic movement on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway and Airport road.