Unrest in garment factory

About 30 people, including eight policemen, were injured during the agitation of garment- workers in the capital’s Tejgaon Industrial Area yesterday morning.

Witnesses said, around 10:30am hundreds of Padma Poly Cotton workers gathered in front of the factory and started throwing brick bats at the building.

The problem started from Padma Poly officials, the workers were from the factory’s sewing section, a kind of unrest was prevailing  in that section.

Some labourers from an adjacent factory of Nassa Group also had joined the agitation, witnesses said. After a while, some textile section workers from inside the factory lobbed brick bats towards the agitators.

The pelting continued for about an hour.

According to Padma Poly workers, they had been bargaining with the authority on various issues for long, but didn’t avail anything. The authorities rather sacked around a hundred of their fellow workers after the Eid holydays.

The workers had gathered yesterday to protest the sudden closure of the sewing section, they said.

The matter was taken by the workers’ leaders  to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

However, Padma Poly officials said they did not terminate any labourer. They only issued show cause notices. They said that the section was closed following procedure.

Police picked up seven workers in this connection.

Some windowpanes of both the factories have been damaged

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