Some 1,200 readymade garment factories across the country are at risk of facing ‘problem’ over payment of wages and festival allowances to their workers before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
At a meeting of the Crisis Management Core Committee held at the labour ministry in the capital on Tuesday, BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman said that the trade body listed 1,200 factories as ‘problematic’ based on the lists prepared by several government agencies and the evaluation of the BGMEA.
He said the trade body formed 15 monitoring teams so that no untoward situation take place in the factories over the payment of wages and festival allowances.
According to the decision of the Crisis Management Core Committee meeting, this year workers would get festival allowances day before the start of Eid vacation.
Although the factory owners had been asked to pay festival allowances by Ramadan 20 in the previous years’ meetings, state minister for labour Md Mujibul Haque, this year, said factory owners would have to pay festival allowance day before the start of Eid vacation and wages for the month of May by the seven working days of June.
The state minister, however, asked factory owners to pay festival allowances to their workers by June 14 as Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, this year would be celebrated on June 16 or 17.
At the meeting, the representative of police headquarters said as per their observation about 200 factories might default on workers’ wages and allowances before Eid.
He informed the meeting that they listed 122 factories as problematic in Dhaka and 48 outside Dhaka.
After the meeting one of the representatives of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments said that more than 200 RMG factories remained under their close monitoring.
Garment Sramik Karmachari League president Lima Ferdous and Bangladesh Jatiya Garment Saramik Karmachari League president Sirajul Islam Roni attended the meeting as the workers’ representatives.
Lima told reporters that they demanded festival allowances by June 10 but the state minister and factory owners did not accept it.
According to the meeting sources, Mujibul could not set any date for festival allowances due to the pressure of factory owners.
He only asked the factory owners to pay wages and festival allowances to the workers ‘timely’.
Replying to a question, Mujibul said that they received reports on the present status of factories from several agencies and the government would take necessary measure to avert any untoward situation.
Although the BGMEA informed that 1,200 factories remained under its monitoring, the trade body disclosed the name of only seven factories in which unrest might take place over the payment of wages and allowances.
The factories are United Trouser Ltd at Ashulia, Chunji Knit Ltd at Badda, Asiana Garments Industries Ltd at Rampura, Rayna Garments at Mirpur, Anika Garments at Mirpur and Badhan Corporation Ltd at Ashulia in Dhaka and Nine Angle Garments Ltd in Gazipur.
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