Unrest in RMG sector continues for wages

60 workers in 37 factories infected with COVID-19

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:46, May 13,2020


Several thousand workers of the readymade garment factories in Dhaka city and other industrial zones across the country on Tuesday staged demonstration demanding full wages for the month of April and arrears amid the risk of coronavirus infection.

According to the sources, workers from at least two dozen of RMG factories in Dhaka city, Ashulia, Gazipur, Narayangonj and Chattogram on Tuesday staged demonstrations in front of the factories demanding full wages for April and dues of March.

Factory insiders said that workers demonstration had been taking place almost every day in the readymade garment sector after reopening the factories in April 26 amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industrial police officials said that a total of 60 workers in 37 factories under the jurisdiction of the agency have so far been infected with coronavirus.

Most of the infected are the workers of readymade garment factories, the officials said.

Several hundred workers on Tuesday staged a demonstration and vandalised two RMG factories located in Mirpur area in the city rejecting the decision of the government and factory owners of paying 60 per cent wages for the closure period of factories in April.

Thousands of workers from at least nine factories in Ashulia staged demonstrations demanding 100 per cent of wages for April. 

Workers from seven apparel factories in Gazipur including DBL Group and Target Denim Ltd held gatherings in front of the factories demanding 100 per cent wages for April and payment of other dues.

Workers of UFM (BD) Limited in Chattogram staged a demonstration demanding their pending wages of March and April.

IP source said that the workers of Alpine Knitwear Ltd in Narayanganj held a protest rally in front of the factories demanding wages for March and April.

According to IP data, workers’ wages of March remained unpaid in 366 factories as of Tuesday.

Out of 366 factories, 117 are garment and textile units.

It showed that, a total of 997 factories paid April wages until Tuesday, out of 7,602 units under the jurisdiction of the Industrial Police in six industrial zones across the country except Dhaka Metropolitan area.

Wages of April remained unpaid in 1,710 factories that are members of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 1,062 member factories of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 368 units of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, 156 units under Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority and 557 non-RMG units.

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