German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahren-holtz has sought a 'peaceful and fair' resolution of the ongoing labor conflict. "I'm in favor of a peaceful and fair resolution of this labor conflict," he tweeted urging the factory owners to give fair wages.
Germany, an European country, is currently the second biggest apparel export destination for Bangladesh after the United States, reports UNB. "Police shouldn't suppress striking garment workers," Fahrenholtz wrote in another message.
"It's up to the factory owners to negotiate. Give fair wages and safe working conditions. Establish an accident insurance. Don't hide behind the government," it reads. At least 35 people were injured in clashes between garment workers and police in different areas of Savar, Gazipur and the capital on Thursday.
The unruly workers started staging demonstrations for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday in Ashulia of Savar, Bhogra Bypass and Mogorkhal area in Gazipur and Mirpur area, demanding cancellation of the 'discriminatory' wage board announced by the government for them. It is mentionable that a garment worker was killed in the on-going movement which has made the workers enraged.
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