RMG workers continue protests in many factories

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:00, May 23,2020


Workers of Pakiza Textiles stage demonstration at the factory premises in Savar on Friday demanding wage and festival allowance.  — Sourav Lasker

Hundreds of workers from more than 10 readymade garment factories on Friday staged demonstrations demanding full amount of the April wages, the festival allowance and other dues.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association claimed that more than 97 per cent factories paid the wages of April while 75 per cent paid the festival allowance to their workers as of Friday.

Labour leaders, however, said that the wages of April remained unpaid in more than 5 per cent factories and a good number of units were yet to pay the festival allowance.

Workers from at least 10 factories in Gazipur,Savar, Ashulia, and Dhaka city staged demonstrations inside and outside their factories and blocked roads to press their demand for 100 per cent wages of April and a full amount of the festival allowance.

Workers from BHIS Appeals Ltd in Gazipur blocked the Dhaka–Mymensingh main road demanding a 100 per cent festival allowance.

Workers from Les Fashion Ltd and Master Cham Ltd demonstrated in front of the factory gate demanding the wages of April and the festival allowance.

Sources said that the workers from Pakiza Knit Composite Ltd in Savar and ZA Apparels Limited in Ashulia took to the street demanding the wages of April, the festival allowance and other dues.

BGMEA officials said that 1,478 of the 1,949 active member factories of the trade body paid the April wages to their workers while 1,449 factories paid the festival allowance.

Kazi Ruhul Amin, acting president of Bangladesh Garment Workers Trade Union Centre, said that the festival allowance remained unpaid in many factories.

Some of the units would pay dues on Saturday and more than five per cent factories would not pay their workers at all before Eid, he said.

Ruhul said that hundreds of workers from six factories in Dakshinkhan area of the city on Friday took to the street as the units did not pay their workers the wages and the allowance. 

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