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>RMG workers clash with cops for pay hike

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>OVER 50 people including 27 law enforcers were injured today, with four of them having shotgun wounds, in yet another series of clashes between several thousand garment industry workers and police at Fatullah of Narayanganj near the capital. (Read full report)
The three-hour clash, that ensued after police had tried to refrain a group of garment workers from demonstrating for a salary hike adjustment on a par with other garment factories in the area, turned Dhaka-Narayanganj link road at Shibu Market area into a virtual battlefield.
Police fired shotguns and charged batons when several thousand demonstrating workers attacked the law enforcers with sticks and brickbats during the clash, which local residents alleged had been incited by Sramik Kalyan Federation, labour front of Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami.
Witnesses said a group of pajama-panjabi clad bearded young men armed with sticks of garan wood attacked the law enforcers.
The demonstrating workers set fire to felled tree trunks snapping vehicular traffic on the highway. Long traffic jams formed in both directions of the road causing terrible sufferings for commuters.
Three garment workers — Sohel Rana, Yousuf, and Nurul Islam, and police constable Quaium — were hit with shotgun pellets. The injured were undergoing treatment in different hospitals in the capital and Narayanganj.
Police, witnesses and garment workers said the workers of Microfiber Garments came out of the factory and started demonstrating demanding that their salary hike follow the standard set by another garment factory in the area. Referring to Metro Garment’s salary hike of Tk 250, the demonstrating workers said their factory owner increased their salary by only Tk 200.


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