The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has initiated an independent inquiry into the termination of workers and filing cases against labour leaders following labour unrests that was taken place centring minimum wage in January this year.
The BGMEA move came following a letter from the American Apparel and Footwear Association urging the president of the trade body to withdraw all criminal charges against labour leaders and reinstate over 1,000 workers fired following the labour protests.
In separate letters to the prime minister and the BGMEA, the AAFA on May 24 warned that the way the Bangladesh government and apparel factory owners tackled the labour protests would put a negative impact on the sector’s business.
‘We have initiated an independent inquiry to ascertain what has actually happened. We are going to talk to the factory authorities individually to have a clear understanding on the justification and legal compliance to the terminations,’ BGMEA president Rubana Huq said in a letter to the AAFA on May 26.
She sought the list of the terminations and promised that if any illegal termination took place, the BGMEA would take necessary action.
‘I have noted your concerns over the “criminal complaints against labour leaders” and your demand for reinstatement of the workers who were allegedly fired during the violent protest over the minimum wage issues,’ Rubana said.
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