Many RMG owners fail to keep pledge over wage payment

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:29, Jun 12,2018 | Updated: 00:34, Jun 12,2018

 
 

Many of the readymade garment factory owners in the country have failed to keep their pledge of paying wages for the month of May to their workers by June 10.
The factory owners on May 29 promised at the Crisis Management Core Committee meeting held at the labour ministry that the wages for the month of May would be paid by June 10 while festival allowances would be paid by June 14 as Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated on June 16
or 17.
According to the industrial police data, about 50 per cent of factories, including RMG units, across the country have failed to pay wages to their workers by Sunday.
Industrial police sources said that 3,022 factories paid wages to their workers till Sunday while 1,566 factories paid festival allowances.
There are 7,078 factories under the industrial police across the
country.
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association claimed that the majority of the factories had paid wages and all the payments would be cleared by June 14.
Labour leaders, however, said that about 70 per cent of factories failed to pay wages by June 10.
Statistics of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, however, showed that almost 80 per cent of readymade garment factories paid wages to their workers by Sunday.
According to DIFE data, 70 per cent of RMG factories in Dhaka and Ashulia paid wages to their workers and 65 per cent of them paid festival allowances.
In Chittagong, 80 per cent of RMG factories paid wages while 70 per cent of factories paid festival allowances to the workers.
In Gazipur, 90 per cent of factories paid wages and 75-80 per cent of factories paid festival allowances while 80 per of RMG factories in Narayanganj paid wages and 50 per cent of them paid festival allowances to the workers.
Sirajul Islam Roni, president of the Bangladesh Garment Workers and Employees League, said that most of the big companies paid wages in time and some of them paid festival allowances to their workers but a good number of small and medium factories were yet to pay wages.
He said that wages for the month of May remained unpaid in almost 70 per cent factories.
‘The majority of factories have paid wages to their workers by Monday,’ BGMEA vice-president Mohammad Nasir told New Age.
He hoped that all the payments, including festival allowances, would be paid by June 14.

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