Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- The authorities of over 300 garment factories shut production of their units in Kaliakoir of Gazipur for Saturday in the face of workers’ agitation demanding a one-day leave for participating at a rally in Dhaka on Saturday.
Sramik Oikya Parishad, a platform of 52 garment workers’ welfare union, is scheduled to hold a grand rally at Suhrawardy Uddyan in the capital at 2:00pm to press home their several demands including raising their minimum monthly salary to BDT 8,000, according to the Daily Star, a local newspaper, report.
The agitating workers vandalised three factories at Kaliakoir in Gazipur and five at Jiranibazar in Savar during the demonstration.
The demonstration started from Gazipur at first as over 10,000 workers of different garment units in Kashimpur, Konabari and Chandra took to the highway around 8:30am, said Mosharraf Hossain, assistant superintendent of Gazipur Industrial Police.
Two hours later, the demonstration spread to Savar, on the outskirts of the capital.
BBN/SSR/AD-21Sept13-1:34 pm (BST)