Bangladesh Trade Union Centre on Tuesday called on the mills and factory owners to refrain from job cut during COVID-19 pandemic.
The call came from a BTUC human chain formed in front of the National Press Club chaired by the centre’s president Shahidullah Chowdhury.
Shahida Parveen, central leader of the labour body, read out a statement and raised an eight-point demand that included taking proper steps by the government, mills and factory owners to save the COVID-19 infected workers and refraining from job cuts. They also called on the government to introduce low-cost rationing of food items for the workers.
Shahidullah Chowdhury expressed dissatisfaction over the massive job cut during the COVID-19 situation in garment factories and called on the owners to stop it immediately.
He also called on the government to take steps to clear the arrears of the workers of state-owned jute mills in the country and ensure their wages regularly.
BTUC vice president Abdur Razzak, said that the workers of the construction sector were suffering much during the period as most of the construction works were halted.
Organising secretary Abdul Malek, called on the government to give cash incentives for the poor workers to save their lives during the crisis period.
Central leader Kazi Ruhul Amin, demanded more incentives for the workers of garment factories which should be given directly to the workers.
Aslam Khan called on the government for taking steps to save huge number of workers of informal sector of the country.
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