Workers demanding a severance package today got engaged in a violent demonstration at the headquarters of Bangladesh’s apparel manufacturers, injuring several people.
Both sides (the workers and the BGMEA staff) have blamed each other for launching the attack first but what can be ascertained that a group of workers from Asiana Garments Limited gathered around the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association’s (BGMEA) complex in Dhaka at around 12:00 noon.
BGMEA insiders told Apparel Resources that about 200-300 workers launched a “sudden attack” on the building and staff, injuring about a dozen people. In the attack, Nazrul, an office assistant, suffered a broken leg while a sound mechanic Mohammad Fuad had a fractured skull.
Wielding sticks and rods, the workers also vandalised the glass panes of the BGMEA building.
Meanwhile, in a separate claim, Garments Workers’ Trade Union, the banner that led the demonstration at BGMEA premises this afternoon, issued a statement claiming they were attacked during a non-violent demonstration.
The statement claimed, Asiana Garments Limited, a factory based in Dhaka’s Rampura, closed down without compensating the workers. Today, there was supposed to be a discussion on the issue. “BGMEA staff launched an attack on our workers injuring about 50,” the statement added.