B’desh unrest: Around 5000 workers lose job, labour leaders feel ‘more victimised’

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

01-February-2019  |  1 min read

Bangladesh Workers’ Unrest
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Although Bangladesh readymade garment industry is back on track now after the recent workers’ agitation, but at least 4,899 garment workers have reportedly been terminated by the concerned manufacturing units as a fallout of the same.

This was reportedly disclosed by the Industrial Police to the media recently.

However, as per the labour leaders the number of terminated workers is much higher and would be more than 7000, they alleged.

“This time, the numbers of terminations, cases and arrests have crossed the previous records,” reportedly maintained General Secretary of IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) Shalauddin Shapon, who observed that more than 7,000 workers have been fired from their jobs so far.

Labour leaders further also reportedly alleged that workers were still being victimised for joining the agitation, as apparel makers have filed cases against ‘unidentified’ accused, resorted to ‘mass’ dismissal and put many in the process.

“This is a very worrying situation. In most cases of termination, laws are not being followed and workers are being deprived of lawful benefits,” Shapon said.

Meanwhile former General Secretary of IBC Babul Akhter reportedly said that more than 30 cases were filed in Gazipur, Ashulia and Savar against 5,000 to 5,500 workers while more than one hundred have been arrested.

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