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Garment workers continue to protest for wage hike
May '10
Violent demonstration of Bangladeshi RMG workers is still on for wage hike, wherein hundreds of workers blocked roads in the capital city, Dhaka.

Though the government of the country and owners of garment factories have assured pay increase, garment workers have continued their protest demanding minimum monthly wage of Tk 5,000 and other financial benefits.

Around 10,000 workers working in clothing companies, including, Four Wing Clothing, Road Star, Vision Apparels, Tunic Fashion and Saroj Apparels protested by blocking Farmgate-Mirpur road for about two hours and also vandalized around 10 factories in the area.

The agitated workers also fought with policemen leading to injuries sustained by several workers.

The Labour and Employment Minister, Mosharraf Hossain assured RMG workers for increasing their basic pay levels within three months. Also, to control the situation, the garment manufacture's association is in conversation with the workers.

During the negotiations, workers demanded for attendance allowances, overtime bills, yearly incentive and pending festival bonuses. The association promised them to provide the things they deserved as per the existing norms.

Moreover, owners of garment factories have also assured their workers that, they would offer them additional facilities if the government gives instructions in this regard to them.

Garment sector of the country, which comprises 4,500 factories, accounts for 80 per cent of the country's overall exports and provides livelihood to around three million workers.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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