Upazila Representative, Savar (Dhaka)
12 November 2023, 02:29 pm
70 factories were opened the day after hundreds of factories were closed indefinitely due to workers’ dissatisfaction with the demand for increased wages. Superintendent of Police of Ashulia Shilpa Police-1 Sarwar Alam confirmed this information to Dhaka Post on Sunday (November 12) afternoon.
After inquiry, it is known that most of the factories in Tongibari, Gouripur, Ashulia, Srikhandia area of Ashulia are open. There the workers continued the production activities. However, when most of the factories in Jirabo area tried to stay open, the Continental Garments workers came out and threw bricks at other factories, and the authorities declared all the factories in the area to be closed.
It is known that for almost two weeks, the workers protested on the road demanding salary increase. Besides, the workers attacked and vandalized various factories. Therefore, for the sake of the safety of the garment factories, the authorities announced the closure of 130 factories for an indefinite period yesterday. On this day, the workers went to their workplace and returned after seeing the indefinite notice. However, 70 factories in the industrial area of Ashulia were opened the day after the closure was announced (Sunday). In these factories, workers arrived in the morning and started production. However, most of the factories on both sides of the Tongi-Ashulia-EPZ road are still closed.
A factory worker in Ashulia’s Jamgra area told Dhaka Post that workers came to the factory this morning to join work. However, the workers stopped work till 11 am demanding salary increase. However, when the authorities convinced them, the workers started production around 12 noon.
Ashulia Industrial Police-1 Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Sarwar Alam told Dhaka Post that 130 factories in Savar, Ashulia and Dhamrai areas were declared closed yesterday (Saturday). Of these, 70 factories have been opened today. However, additional police are deployed in front of the closed factories. Today the situation is normal.
Additional Superintendent of Police of Savar Circle Shahidul Islam said that the factory authorities have filed 12 cases so far in the matter of worker dissatisfaction. About 3500 people have been accused in these cases and five people have been arrested.