The Details of Worker Poisoning Episode

One of the most surprising and grueling episodes of miscommunication and non-cooperation between stake holders within the same supply chain unveiled recently in Savar, just a few kilometers from Dhaka.

Sterling Creations Limited, Earpur Union, Savar, faced interrogations on February 7, 2013 as more than 300 workers fell ill due to the poisoning of tiffin provided by the factory management. Workers in this factory were distributed pieces of bread, eggs and bananas in the evening at around 7 pm immediately after taking the workers’ signatures on the salary sheet for the month-end wage.

Workers had eaten the snacks at 8pm that evening and suffered from dizziness, nausea, vomiting, numbness in the limbs, and unconsciousness. When the victims were rushed to the nearest clinics, namely Woman and Children Health Complex, Nightingale Medical College Hospital each individual had to consume at least 2 vials of saline.

Agitated workers attempted to vandalize the factory and torch several vehicles on Abdullahpur-Baipile road. The act drew the attention of the police who fired rubber bullets to control the mob.

National Garments Workers’ Federation, Shadhin Bangla Garments Sramik Karmachari Federation, Trade Union Kendra and Awaj Foundation accosted the issue to voice the problem to the public.

The very next day the water was declared ‘poisoned’ by the factory management. This had caused several dozens to suffer from indigestion.

A similar scenario was marked in a factory owned by Nasa Group, in Nishchintapur, Ashulia, on February 16, 2013. More than 100 workers fell ill due the same cause.

We will keep updating on this news.

The RISE Team.

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