Unrest erupted as several thousand garment workers blocked Dhaka-Tangail highway and clashed with police on Monday morning. Mangement of Ha-Meem group declared a holiday on the wake of workers protest. At least 7000 workers of Ha-Meem Group and 20 other factories started the protest at Narasinghapur around 8.00 am demanding a salary hike, attendance fees for three holidays caused by the recent unrest, protection against external assailants and other issues. A clash evolved as police appeared on the scene. Police charged batons and fired rubber bullets and tear-shells to disperse the agitators leaving at least 30 people injured. Due to the conflict between police and RMG workers, transport movement on the Dhaka-Tangail highway came to a halt and remained so for more than two and half hours. Earlier, ‘troubled’ factories located in the Ashulia zone suspended operation for three days. Factories in the zone resumed operation on Friday. Former BGMEA president Abdus Salam Murshedy told the press that a delegation of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will meet the Labour and Employment Minister Rajiudin Ahmed Raju Monday to formulate a plan for conflict resolution.
Source: BD Chronicle