Garment workers demand festival allowance

Staff Correspondent

Leaders of two garment workers rights bodies at separate rallies on Friday demanded payment of their festival allowance and arrear wages before Ramadan 20.
Garment Sramik Trade Union Kendra and Garments Sramik Front held separate protest rallies in front of the National Press Club to press for their demands.
KM Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Trade Union Kendra, demanded festival allowance for the garment workers equal to wage of one month, which must be paid before Ramadan 20.
Garment workers are low paid and they would not be able to enjoy the Eid-ul-Fitr if they do not get  bonus within Ramadan 20, Ruhul said.
Chaired by Sadequr Rahman Shamim, vice president of the organisation, the rally was addressed, among others, by its central leaders Ziaul Kabir Suman and Iqbal Ahmed.
The rally was followed by a protest march that paraded different city roads.
Ahsan Habib Bulbul, president of Garments Sramik Front called on the Awami League-led government to pay the bonus and arrears of the garment workers within Ramadan 20.
He also called on the government to take immediate steps to stop job cuts in the garment factories.

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