By the initiative of National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), a red-flag demonstration just in front of the National Press Club was held and a memorandum submitted to the Ministry of Labour & Employment.
Speakers stated that involvement with trade union is the fundamental & legal right of the workers. Despite this, frequent violations are happening. The workers of foreign owned Hanwen Bd Ltd. formed a trade union on October 9, 2015. After that, on January 9, 12 & March 10 of 2016, the management illegally sacked 73 workers including 7 trade union officials. In this context, a memorandum was submitted to the Ministry of Labour & Employment by the initiative of NGWF on January 17, 2016 and a human chain formed on February 11, 2016, followed by another human chain seeking the intervention of the Prime Minister on February 16, 2016. But still, no initiative has been taken to reinstate the 42 workers. Moreover, 30 more workers have been sacked on March 10, 2016.
On March 3, 2016, without any prior notice, the management of Mahboob Apparels Ltd., Ashulia paid the workers two months of basic wage, kept their signature on resign-paper & expelled them from the factory. But they did not pay any service benefit & legal payment (on accounts of termination) to the workers. On February 9, 2016, without any prior notice, the management of Amir Sweaters & Apparels Ltd. declared the factory closed. But they did not pay any arrears & legal compensation of the workers.
The speakers demanded the immediate reinstatement of 73 workers, payment of arrears to the factory workers of Mahboob Apparels Ltd. and payment of legal compensation to the factory workers of Amir Sweaters & Apparels Ltd.
After the rally, a procession headed for the Ministry of Labour & Employment was stopped by police. Afterwards, the memorandum was submitted by 6 persons including Ms. Shafiea Parvin (General Secretary), Ms. Nurun Nahar (Vice-President), Arifa Akter (Central Leader), Shah Alam (Worker, Hanwen BD Ltd.), Mohiuddin (Mahboob Apparels Ltd.), Rashida Begum (Amir Sweaters & Apparels Ltd.).
Amirul Haque Amin,