Today, 4 January 2014, at least 15 people including seven Industrial Police personnel were injured during a clash between the law enforcers and the apparel workers at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ).
The clash erupted around 8:00am when the workers of Section Seven Ltd and Section Seven Apparels Ltd, owned by the same proprietor, were holding a rally on the CEPZ premises demanding their arrears, overtime and immediate implementation of their new minimum wages and holidays.
A decision by the factory authority not to count the overtime on Friday and not show the salary sheet for the month of December in spite of repeated request by the workers ignited the clash according to the workers.
‘The factory authority declared that they would not count our overtime on Friday on the ground that there would be a holiday on Sunday because of the 10th national election’, an agitated worker of Section Seven factory said. The factory wanted to adjust works of Sunday with that of Friday, he said.
Workers hurled bricks at the law enforcers which prompted them to retaliate with firing from shot guns. The condition came under control after a meeting was held comprising of workers, owners and the policemen clarifying the misunderstanding.