CHITTAGONG: Amid escalating labour unrest in the factories, the Korean Youngone group, a major foreign investor in Bangladesh, declared layoff in all ifs industrial units in Dhaka and Chittagong on Saturday night.
Sources said the owners made the declaration as the workers ransacked three factories after rumours went flying that three workers were killed and concealed inside a factory.
Prior to making the declaration of layoff, the management held an unsuccessful meeting with the workers’ representatives.
Earlier, workers staged demonstrations inside the factories demanding cancellation of grading system under the new wage scale—a common problem that fuelled unrest in other apparel industrial belts in the country.
“The decision might inflict a huge production loss and cast negative impact on international market,” said one executive of the company that shut out workers from 13 factories in Chittagong Export Processing Zone alone.
Meanwhile, outbreaks of violence amid agitation by workers for equitable salary under the government-announced new wag scale at several factories in Gazipur and Narayanganj left at least 20 people inured and vehicles vandalized.
One of the factories in Ashulia area was also closed amid raging labour unrest.
BDST: 2212 HRS, DEC 11, 2010
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