A total of 6,014 industrial units, including 2,711 readymade garment factories across the country, have failed to pay festival allowances to their workers in time ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, to be celebrated on August 1.
The labour ministry on July 20 announced that country’s readymade garment factory owners would pay festival allowances by July 27 and half of the wages of current month by July 30 to their workers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Following a meeting with factory owners and labour leaders, the state minister for labour Monnujan Sufian also announced that workers of other industrial sectors would get their full wages of the current month and festival allowances by July 25.
According to the Industrial Police data, there were a total of 7602 industrial units under the jurisdiction of the government agency and of them 1,558 units paid festival allowances to their workers as of Monday.
Hundreds of industrial units in Dhaka metropolitan area and elsewhere remained beyond the jurisdiction of the industrial police.
Data show that a total of 2,711 RMG and textile units, 165 factories in Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority and 3,138 non-RMG factories failed to pay festival allowances to their workers in time.
Of 2,711 RMG and textile units, 1439 are members of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 967 are listed with Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association and 305 are members of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association.
The BGMEA, however, claimed that 74 per cent of their active members paid festival allowances to their workers as of Monday.
BGMEA data shows that out of 1,874 active factories of the trade body, festival allowances were paid in 1,378 units and the payment in 496 units remained under process.
Besides, wages of workers for June remained unpaid in 298 RMG and textile factories and 536 non-RMG units as of Monday.
Out of them, 176 are the members of the BGMEA, 63 listed with BKMEA, 52 registered with the BTMA and seven are BEPZA factories.
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