RMG workers continue protests for wages, festival allowances

BGMEA, BKMEA express concern over factory vandalism  

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:32, May 21,2020 | Updated: 00:36, May 21,2020


RMG workers of Civic Apparels Limited stage demonstration demanding wage, arrears and festival allowance at Postogola in Dhaka on Wednesday. — Sony Ramany  

Thousands of workers from at least 40 readymade garment factories in Ashulia, Gazipur, Narayanganj, Chattogram and Dhaka city on Wednesday staged demonstrations and blocked roads demanding full April wages, festival allowance and other dues. 

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association in a joint statement on Wednesday expressed their concerns over the ongoing labour unrest and vandalism in some factories in the name of protest over their wages and dues.

The trade bodies warned that they would shut down the affected factories for an indefinite period if such situation prolongs as many complained that factories were vandalised even though the units cleared wages in time.

Meanwhile, workers from at least 15 factories, including 14 RMG units in Gazipur, took to the streets demanding full festival allowance and payment of full April wages.

Workers from several factories in Gazipur blocked Abdullahpur-Baipail highway and Dhaka Mymensingh highway while others protested inside their respective factories and in front of factories, industrial police said.

Workers from more than 10 factories in Ashulia on Wednesday staged demonstrations inside and outside the factories demanding 100 per cent festival allowance and other dues before Eid-ul-Fitr.

Workers from five apparel factories in Chattogram and four factories in Narayanganj staged demonstrations demanding full wages of April and 100 per cent festival allowances and other dues.

Hundreds of workers from several RMG factories in Dhaka city also staged demonstrations demanding wages of April and festival allowances.

BGMEA and BKMEA in its statement claimed that the vested quarters, who are not really workers, are engaged in creating disorder in the industry.

They sought government interference in this regard saying that alongside some small and medium factories, some compliant big factories that paid wages timely had also been the locus of vandalism.

If such vandalism continues in the name of protest for wage, there will be no alternative to shut down factories for an indefinite period, said the trade bodies.

BGMEA and BKMEA also said that such incidents would discourage entrepreneurs to make investment and as a result employment would be hampered.

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