Sunday, 14 July, 2024, Reg No- 06
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RMG workers block road in Cumilla for salary, bonus

Published : Saturday, 15 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 106

CUMILLA, Jun 14: Workers at a garments factory have blocked the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway for nearly an hour and a half to demand arrears and Eid bonus in Chandina on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway.

The protest blocked thousands of vehicles on the Highway, leading to sufferings of drivers and passengers.

The workers from the Denim Processing Plant in the Belashahar area of Chandina blocked the road from 11:00am to around 12:30pm on Friday.  The factory is on the Highway. The blockade led to a 20-km-long tailback on the highway.

"Lanes in both directions on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway were heavily congested due to the workers blockade," said Manzurul Alam, chief of Eliotganj Highway Police Station. "The traffic returned to normal once the workers left the road." "But now, because traffic was stuck for an hour and a half, its moving quite slowly."

The workers allege the factory regularly fails to pay them. They say the factory owes them two months of arrear salary in addition to their Eid bonus.

The workers left the road around 12:30pm after local government representatives went to the scene and assured them of payment by Sunday.

Locals say the Highway was congested from Burichang Upazilas Kabila to Daudkandi Upazilas Eliotganj due to the workers protest, stalling thousands of holidaymakers.

Ambulances carrying patients, people travelling abroad, and freight trucks rushing to market faced the most difficulties. Billal Hossain from Fenis Daganbhuiyan, is heading abroad.

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