Readymade garment workers blocked a portion of the Mirpur Road in Technical intersection of Dhaka since the morning in protest against the disparity in their new wage structure.
A group of workers of some garment factories staged demonstrations at Technical intersection around 10:30am blocking one side of the Mirpur Road, Farukul Alam, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Darus Salam Police Station, told The Daily Star.
The agitating workers took position on a road near Government Bangla College at that time, halting vehicular movement in the area.
“We are trying to free the road,” added the OC.
The workers are also staging demonstrations on Begum Rokeya Sarani road in Shewrapara and Mirpur-14, said Dadon Fakir, officer-in-charge of Mirpur Police Station.
Meanwhile earlier in the morning, the RMG workers vandalised at least 20 vehicles on Dhaka-Tangail highway in Ashulia, on the outskirts of Dhaka while staging demonstration over the same issue.
The demonstration continued for the six days.
Nearly 10-15 people were injured when police charged batons and used water cannon to disperse the protesting workers around 11:00am.
WHAT ARE THE WORKERS DEMANDING?
The workers have alleged that the monthly wage in the seventh grade increased to Tk 8,000 from Tk 5,300 as per the latest gazette published by the government last year. But, the salary of the workers in other grades did not increase at the same rate.
The salary hike for the entry-level workers was more than that of their senior operators, who have been working for more than seven to eight years. The new wage has been effective from December 1. Major disparity in the salary hike was noticed in the third and fourth grades as their salaries were not raised like that of entry-level workers.
In most of the grades, other than the seventh, only Tk 500 was raised in the new salary structure, whereas an entry-level worker’s salary had increased by Tk 2,700 at one go.
WHAT DID THE TRIPARTITE BODY SAY ABOUT THE WAGE STRUCTURE?
The tripartite committee formed to resolve the labour unrest in garment industry has found disparity in three grades of the workers’ pay structure, and has started working to minimise the wage gap that sparked the protests five days ago.
The 10-member committee with representatives from the government, union leaders and factory owners said disparity was found in grades three, four and five.
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