Employees protest against shutting down of GlaxoSmithKline
Published : Tuesday, 24 July, 2018 at 8:01 PM Count : 2737
Employees of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Bangladesh on Tuesday protested against the process of shutting down of the manufacturing facilities in Bangladesh.
They held a press briefing at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital to lodge their protest.
In the press conference, president of the workers' union Md Ilias, vice-president Kamal Uddin, assistant general secretary Md Ibrahim and organising Secretary Md Saiful Islam, among others, were also present.
The employees, who have organised under the banner of GlaxoSmithKline Employees’ Union, alleged that a self-seeking group has been conspiring to shut down production of the company in the country.
Md Azam, general secretary of the union said, following the recent meeting of the company’s directors, the process of shutting it down through decreasing production and marketing has started.
Azam, alleged that following the recent meeting of the company’s directors, the process of shutting down production in Bangladesh had begun, as the levels of production and marketing undertaken in the densely populated South Asian nation, had started to be reduced.
Azam stated that, although the employees are receiving salaries and other benefits, the company had decreased its production after Eid-ul-Fitr and now completely stop its production from July 22.
We are suspecting that the authority will come up with an official declaration to shut down the company on July 26.”
He added that no raw materials had been bought after the month of June.
The General Secretary further noted that the company had earned revenue of 1 crore Bangladeshi in 2013 and 2017.
The Bangladeshi government had earned a sizeable portion of revenue due to the fact that they are an 18 per cent stakeholder in the company.
However Alhajj Sarker, the advisor of the employee's union urged the government to intervene on the issue as the shutting down of manufacturing could leave hundreds of workers jobless.