50 hurt as Bangladesh workers clash with police

Pub: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:24 AM   |   Upd: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:24 AM
 
 
 

Sheersha Khobor Dot Com

At least 50 people including 10 police personnel were injured in clashes between police and apparel workers in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, as they continued demonstration demanding wage hike for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday.

The agitating workers blockaded Dhaka-Aricha Highway at Ulail for three hours from 9:00am to 12:00pm until police charged baton, fired tear gas shells and used water cannons to disperse them leaving 40 RMG workers injured.

Witnesses said the workers, who also demanded justice for the killing of their colleague Suman Miah who was allegedly killed in police firing on Tuesday, also threw stones on police turning the area into a battle field.

Superintendent of Dhaka industrial police Sana Shaminur Rahman said at least 10 police persons also were injured in the incident.

Protesters said in October 2018, the monthly minimum gross wage of apparel workers in the seventh grade was increased to Tk 8,000 from Tk 5,300. But the wages in other grades did not increase at the same rate. They also said that the wages should be increased proportionately in all the grades without any delay.

The fresh spell of labour unrest began Sunday as the apparel workers who earn the highest foreign currency for Bangladesh continue demonstration across the industrial belts at Savar, Ashulia, Gazipur, Uttara and Mirpur.

Several hundred workers of Standard Group Garment in the capital’s Kalshi of Mirpur also abstained from their works for the demand.

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