A good number of factory owners across the country have failed to keep their promises of paying festival allowances to their workers in time ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, scheduled to be celebrated on August 22.
At the 37th meeting of the crisis management core committee held on August 9, state minister for labour Md Mujibul Haque asked factory owners to pay Eid festival allowances to their workers by August 16 and ensure partial payment of wages for the current month by August 19.
The factory owners agreed with the state minister in the meeting.
Labour leaders, however, claimed that though most of the compliant factories had paid festival allowances to their workers, more than 40 per cent of factories were yet to pay the allowances to their workers.
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, however, said that more than 85 per cent of factories had paid festival allowances to their workers until Thursday.
Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments officials said that more than 70 per cent of factory owners across the country had paid festival allowances to their workers within the promised time that ended on Thursday.
Sirajul Islam Roni, president of Bangladesh National Garments Worker-Employee League, told New Age that about 60 per cent of RMG factories had paid festival allowances until Thursday and the rest of the owners would make payments on Sunday and Monday.
He said that authorities of many medium scale factories had paid wages for the month of
July on Thursday to their workers.
Amirul Haque Amin, president of National Garment Workers Federation, also echoed other labour leaders in claiming that workers in more than 40 per cent of factories were yet to receive festival allowances.
BGMEA vice-president Mohammed Nasir said that more than 85 per cent of factories had paid festival allowances to their workers until Thursday evening.
‘It is not important how many factories paid festival allowances until Thursday rather you should focus on whether all the workers would be paid at the end,’ he told reporters.
According to DIFE statistics, 40 per cent of factories in Gazipur and Narayanganj, 70 per cent industrial units in Chittagong and 65 per cent factories in Dhaka paid festival allowances to their workers until Thursday.
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