Wage, Festival Allowance

1,090 industrial units may face unrest

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:20, May 18,2020


Industrial Police has identified 1,090 industrial units, including 612 apparel and textile factories across the country, where aggrieved workers may start protests for not getting wages and festival allowances before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Out of 612 vulnerable and risk‑prone apparel and textile factories, 442 are the members of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 126 of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association and 44 of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association.

The data prepared by Industrial Police show that unrests may stir up in 41 factories under Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority and in 437 non-RMG factories.

According to the data, there are 266 factories, which are in risks, are in Ashulia zone, and of which 144 are apparel and textile factories, and out of 514 risky industrial units in Gazipur zone, 307 are garment and textile factories.

The data also show that there are 197 factories, including 96 RMG and textile units in Chattogram zone, where workers may become agitated for non-payment of wages and festival allowances while 85 factories, including 57 apparel and textile units, are in risk in Narayanganj.

As per the data, 11 factories, including eight RMG and textile units, are vulnerable in Mymensingh zone and 17 factories are in risk of unrest in Khulna zone.

‘We are working on the factories in which problems might arise over the non-payment of wages and festival allowances. We are taking measures to avert any untoward situation in industrial zones,’ Abdus Salam, director general of Industrial Police, told New Age on Sunday.

He said that industrial police along with the leaders of BGMEA and BKMEA would take all possible initiatives so that workers were paid their wages and allowances properly.

‘We are trying to curb the risk of any annoying situation in the industrial belts through discussion with the factory owners,’ Salam said.

BKMEA director Fazlee Shamim Ehsan said that problem might take place in the factories which are doing subcontracting over the payment of wages and festival allowances before Eid as they are not getting support from the stimulus package announced by the government.

Even, some of the companies which export directly are also not getting loans from the stimulus due to lack of support from banks, he said.

One of the BGMEA leaders said that 1,377 member factories of the trade body had applied for loans from stimulus package and 1089 of them paid wages of April until Sunday.   

Meanwhile, workers of at least 20 factories in Dhaka, Ashulia, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chattogram on Sunday staged demonstration demanding wages of April and March and festival allowances equivalent to one month’s basic pay.

Workers from eight RMG factories in Gazipur, five factories in Ashulia, three factories in Chattogram and workers of Paradise Cables Limited in Narayanganj took to the streets demanding 100 per cent wages of April, dues of March and festival allowances.

The IP data show that there are 7,602 industrial units under the jurisdiction of the agency and 2,890 of them paid April wages until Sunday.

On the other hand, a total of 332 factories, including 101 RMG units, did not pay wages of March and other allowances until Sunday.

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