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RMG workers block Mirpur road demanding dues

Published : Monday, 16 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 195

Workers of garment-maker Zaara Jeans have blocked a number of roads in Mirpur demanding payment of their outstanding wages and allowances that suspended traffic movement in the city's Mirpur area for four hours.  
Officer-in-Charge Md Salahuddin Mia of Shah Ali Police Station told the Daily Observer that workers blocked the Zoo Road, Mirpur 10 to Mazar Road and the road in front of Mirpur Bangla College and halted traffic movement.
Vehicular movement in Mirpur-1area came to a complete halt due to the blockade that caused immense sufferings to the commuters.
The factory is situated on the fourth and fifth floors of a building at 13 and 14 Mirpur Zoo Road. The disgruntled work
ers put up barricades in front of the factory and the Sony Cinema.
"The factory owners owe us four months of back pay and two months' overtime payments. The owners have locked up the factory and fled on Thursday. Their phones are switched off too," said Salma, a sewing machine operator.
They also had to stage protests over the payment of salaries before Eid, according to another worker Ayesha.
"We resumed our movement seven days ago. We went to the BGMEA on Wednesday and they said the issue would be resolved on Saturday. We went again on Saturday but no-one spoke to us. We were compelled to take to the streets today."
None of the owners are there in the factory, said security guard Mohammed Feroz.
"They locked the factory on September 10 and were supposed to open it on Saturday. But that didn't happen. We're here only to look after the factory from the outside. I can't say anything more," Feroz added.
Police requested the workers to leave the street but they did not pay heed to it, said OC Md Salauddin Mia. "They are asking for the owners to come and open the factory and pay their dues," he added.
Factory owner Reazul Haque Raju was at a meeting in the BGMEA, said the OC after he contacted him over phone. "We told the disgruntled workers to go to BGMEA but they refused, saying it didn't work out the last time. They won't leave the street until the owners come to the factory."

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