He did not get salary for four months. When asking for salary in the last election, it is said that the owner of the factory (Enamul Haque) is busy with the election. Pay if the vote is passed. He lost the vote. No salary news. A woman worker named Piara Begum burst into tears while speaking the words. His son also works in the same factory. Son also did not get salary for three months.
The name of this factory located in Bisik Industrial City of Rajshahi Nagar is Saquatex. Its owner is Enamul Haque, former three-time Member of Parliament of Awami League from Rajshahi-4 (Bagmara) Constituency. In the twelfth parliamentary elections, he lost to the former mayor of Taherpur municipality Abul Kalam Azad (1 lakh 7 thousand 983 votes) as an independent candidate of Kanchi symbol (53 thousand 812 votes). About 300 workers are working in his factory, all their salaries are due. They started hunger strike inside the factory from Wednesday morning to collect their salary. They stayed inside the factory all night in this Konkan cold. They were protesting by staying inside until Thursday afternoon.
The workers said that in this factory, no one has received salary for three months, no one has received salary for eight months. Their house rent is arrears, they are eating the rest in the shop. Children’s education is about to stop. So he couldn’t pay the rent, the shop filled the rest of the book. Some children’s education is about to stop. No one is able to treat himself due to illness. The employees who were in such danger of not getting their salary, finally started protesting.
When someone asked for salary, the factory officials misbehaved. Names of those who want salary are listed. From the next day, they are not allowed to enter the factory. Recently, 15 to 20 people have been laid off.
Sampa Khatun, Saquatex factory worker
They said that for three-four months, the salary payment was assured every week. Officials said that the salary will be paid on Monday or Thursday. But the salary is not paid. Month after month they are living like this inhuman life without salary.
The workers complained that the police came when they stood in the factory demanding salary. But the police also speak on behalf of the factory. If they take a stand for the movement, they threaten to throw them out with sticks. Linking operator of the factory, Asha Begum, said that the workers here are paid depending on the production. On an average, they get a salary of 17,000 taka per month. Some of the factory’s 200 workers will get a minimum of three months’ salary and some a maximum of eight months. He himself will get four months salary. Rent arrears due to non-payment every month. There is a lot of money left in the store. Can’t buy essential items now. There is no money to make school dresses for children in the new year. You are in great danger.
A worker named Sampa Khatun said that when someone asked for salary, the factory officials misbehaved. Names of those who want salary are listed. From the next day, they are not allowed to enter the factory. Recently, 15 to 20 people have been laid off. Now they have united and started the movement. If you pay them, they will leave. They don’t need jobs anymore.
Another worker named Selina Begum said that last Eid she spent the day with her orphaned child without eating good or bad. not paid This is the condition of the workers working here. When asking for salary, they forcefully sign a white paper. Says it’s a re-sign paper. Will pay. Then it cuts out. That salary no longer pays. Three months’ salary was killed and eaten.
When the workers expressed their anger, the IT in charge of the factory. Shamim told the journalist that the salary will be paid in the afternoon. The news should not be published about these words of the workers. At this time, Shamim came under fire from the workers. The workers said they were assured that their salaries would be paid every week. But the salary is not paid. At that time, Shamim said, “This is what happens in factories in Bangladesh.”
Enamul Haque, Managing Director of Ena Group and former Member of Parliament, could not be contacted to talk about this. He didn’t pick up the phone. However, he told another journalist that the workers will get a month’s salary, which will be paid by today (Thursday) afternoon.
When the workers were contacted at 4:30 in the afternoon, they said that they had not been paid yet. But the authorities have assured to give. At night Linking Operator Asha Begum confirmed over the phone that in the evening they were paid only one month’s salary by the authorities.
According to the prothomalo