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Staff Correspondent
For the fifth straight day Thursday, readymade garment (RMG) workers continued protests in different streets of the capital.
However, some of them left the streets following assurances from garment owners, resulting in normal vehicular movement.
Workers of several garment factories started protests in Mirpur-10, Shewrapara, Kazipara and Agargaon areas after putting up barricades on the busiest Rokeya Sharani road, halting traffic. Severe traffic gridlocks were created from Duaripara to Mirpur-10 and also from Farmgate to Agargaon areas of the capital.
But later, when the owners of the garment industry assured workers of removing discriminations in the new wage board, they agreed and left the streets, Pallabi Police Inspector (Operation) Imranul Hassan Prince confirmed to the media.
Workers of Alfa Unit 1 Limited said, ‘our chairman sir had assured to accept our demands, but still we did not find any reflection, and that is why we are again on the street.’
Earlier on Wednesday night, State Minister for Labor and Employment Mannujan Sufian at a press briefing said, if any discrimination is found in the basic or gross salary, it will be fixed at the earliest.
On the other hand, in Ashulia of Savar, Bhogra Bypass and Mogorkhal area in Gazipur and Mirpur area, workers staged blockade demanding cancellation of the ‘discriminatory’ wage board announced by the government.
Situation in Savar became worse on Wednesday, as battleground-like clashes ensued between police and workers. But on Thursday, based on the assurance of the owners, the situation became normal. At around 12 noon, negotiation between owners and workers was held.
In Ashulia, workers gathered in Kathgora for immediate implementation of their demand. Police asked them several times to move from the streets. But the workers kept protesting by burning tyres and wood, leading to a clash between police and workers that left at least 30 workers injured.
Law enforcers like police and BGB teams were seen patrolling the area to prevent any unwanted incident.