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Bangladesh: Hundreds of garment factory workers protest over unpaid wages amid COVID-19 lockdown

"RMG workers take to streets demanding pay", 13 April 2020

Hundreds of readymade garment factory workers in Savar, Narayanganj and Gazipur took to the streets yesterday demanding wages of the previous month and arrears.

In Savar, hundreds of workers of at least 11 factories demonstrated in front factories in Hemayetpur, Olail, Fulbaria, Rajason and different areas of Ashulia...

Later... the authorities of some of the factories assured them of payment of wages within a short time, said Khairul Mamun Mintu, organising secretary of Garment Workers Trade Union Kendra...

"We have been put under hardship as we have no money to pay house rent, for groceries due and there is no food in our houses, said Bokul Mia, a worker of the factory...

Meanwhile, workers of Fakir Knitwear demonstrated from morning till afternoon, protesting the sacking of workers.

The factory authorities took their ID cards and signatures while paying the wages, sparking protest among the workers... Tensions cooled down after the authorities returned their ID cards and withdrew the decision to sack them...

In Gazipur, hundreds of workers of East West Group, Newway Fashion and Florent Garments Ltd barricaded the Dhaka- Mymensingh road, demanding three months' arrears...

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