Factories in Gazipur have been shut sine die on Monday 03 June 2013, after a massive demonstration started mainly by workers of the Ananta Garments factory for better wages. The agenda which was wage turned to violent expression of rights as workers protested on the beating of their fellow workmates.
Police and locals said workers of ‘Ananta Casual Wear Limited‘ garment factory in Borobari area began work abstention in the morning protesting dismissal of their 25 fellow workers. The workers of SQ sweater factory observed work abstention and staged demonstration on the Gazipur-Tangail Highway since the morning demanding hike in wage.
They had started agitation on Saturday pressing for the demands including hike in wage and other allowances but the authorities dismissed the 25 workers in the last two days. The workers allege that their coworkers were beaten by factory goons for demanding better pay, including weekends and farer overtime bonus.
50 people including six policemen were injured in Ashulia and Gazipur industrial belts on Sunday 2 June 2013; the readymade garment workers demonstrating in demand of wage hike, workplace safety and other compliances with industry standards clashed with police.
On Sunday, in Ashulia, workers of a Prity Group garment factory at Jamgora and a Bards Group factory at Buribazar staged a demonstration in the morning on the Dhaka-Tangail highway. They blocked the busy thoroughfare and vandalised some buses on it.
As police charged the demonstrators with batons, the workers retaliated by throwing brickbats at the law enforcers. The clash left at least 30 people including police constable Abdus Sattar wounded, said witnesses and police sources adding that the injured were sent to local clinics and hospitals for treatment. At least 10 RMG units in the area kept their shutters down throughout the day to avoid any untoward incident. Police used teargas shells and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators, witnesses said.
The unrest has continued till today, Monday, with many more factories joining the shutdown, such as Dodi Export-wear Ltd, Li-Nabatech Private Ltd, Best Shirt Ltd, Rabab Fashion Ltd, Ananta Knitwear Ltd, and Uni Gears Ltd.