An eleven-member monitoring committee, including three representatives of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, has been formed to overview health of the apparel workers and to ensure their salary as set by the government during the coronavirus pandemic.
The committee was formed on Thursday at the BGMEA headquarter following discussions of the present and former leaders of the BGMEA and representatives of the Trade Union Centre and IndustriALL Bangladesh Council, representing garment workers, former BGMEA president Abdus Salam Murshedi told New Age on Saturday.
Bangladesh Awami League presidium member and labour leader Shajahan Khan chaired the meeting, he said.
BGMEA president Rubana Huq, vice-president SM Mannan Kochi and former BGMEA leader Mahmud Hasan Khan along with eight IndustriALL Bangladesh Council leaders including its president Hedayetul Islam, general secretary Chaina Rahaman and Babul Akhter are members of the monitoring committee.
‘The committee would monitor health of the factory workers, COVID-19 infections and salary payment as set by the government and respond accordingly for running the factories smoothly,’ Salam said.
On May 4, state minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian ordered that workers who continued or resumed works would get full salary for April and those who would remain at home during the coronavirus outbreak would get 65 per cent of their gross salary.
‘As per the previous contract, most of the garment owners paid 60 per cent of the salary for April to those who remained at home. The remaining five per cent would be paid with the salary for May,’ he said.
Chaina Rahaman said that they would remain part of the monitoring committee if it functions as an effective body to ensure the rights of the workers as promised by the owners on Saturday meeting at BGMEA.
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