Several thousand garment workers on Monday clashed with police over job cuts at a factory near the Bangladeshi capital, prompting authorities to shut some production units in the Ashulia industrial district, police said.

Workers in the district, located 20 km northwest of Dhaka, threw bricks at vehicles and factories to protest the termination of about 100 workers at Hyun Apparels.

They alleged the factory owner sacked the workers without serving notice and without due compensation, police officer Badrul Alam said.

The workers clashed with police for nearly two hours, halting traffic on the Dhaka-Tangail highway, he said.

Workers at the factory have been in dispute with the owner over what they said are unpaid wages.

No one at Hyun Apparels was available for comment.

Production at more than 500 garment factories located in the Ashulia industrial district has been disrupted since a fire there last week at Tazreen Fashion that killed 112 people, allegedly in the absence of proper fire-fighting mechanisms.

Workers demonstrated on Sunday over compensation for survivors. The authorities have launched fire-safety inspections.

More In: International | News