City garment factory closed without notice

Workers stage demo in front of BGMEA

Staff Correspondent

Hundreds of workers of Jamuna Fashion Wears Ltd on Tuesday staged a demonstration in front of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association office as the owner shut the factory without any notice.
On August 14, the factory authorities shut the factory overnight without any prior notice and workers also staged demonstration on the day protesting illegal shut down and demanding lawful benefits.
In the face of the protests of the workers the BGMEA on Tuesday sat with the factory owners and the representatives of the workers at the association office and the owners of Jamuna Fashion Wears Ltd promised at the meeting to pay the termination benefits to the workers as per the labour act.
Workers alleged that the authorities have been asking workers for last few months to join   another unit of the company located at Mirpur in the city and closed the factory without any prior notice on August 14.
After closing the factory, workers took position  on the road and besieged the headquarters of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association demanding reopening of the factory on the day, said Beauty Akter, a line chief of the factory.
She said that the BGMEA has assured workers that the problem will be solved by August 19.
Mahinur Akter, an operator, said that more than 250 workers of the factory received their wages for the month of July on August 13 and a day after receiving wages the workers found lock on the factory gate without any notice.

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