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Wages for May still unpaid in 1,004 factories: IP

177 incidents of labour unrests in June

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:01, Jul 01,2020


Workers of 1,004 industrial units, out of 7,602, in six areas under the jurisdiction of Industrial Police across the country are yet to paid wages for May until Monday.

A total of 177 incidents of labour unrests took place in 116 factories in June mostly for keeping wages and other allowances unpaid, confirms Industrial Police.

Highest number of unrests took place in Ashulia followed by Narayanganj, Gazipur, Khulna, Chattogram and Mymensingh, according to IP data.

The data also show that 655 factories did not pay wages for April up to the date.

Out of 1,004 factories which were not paid wages of May, 436 are readymade garment and textile units, 10 are the factories under Bangladesh Export processing Zone Authority and 558 are the non-RMG units, data showed.

Of 436 RMG and textile units, 134 are the members of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 266 units are listed with Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association and 36 are the members of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association.

Data show that there are a total of 7,602 industrial units in Ashulia, Gazipur, Chattogram, Narayangonj, Mymensingh and Khulna and 6598 units of them paid wages for May to their workers.

The IP data also show that a total of 655 factories, including 212 RMG and textile units, did not pay wages of April to their workers until Monday.

‘Some of the RMG units are yet to pay wages of April and May to their workers due lack of cash flow as they have lost their business due to the coronavirus pandemic,’ BKMEA senior vicepresident Mohammad Hatem told New Age on Tuesday.

He said that some of the subcontracting factories failed to pay their workers as they had no work order and did not get support from banks as they do not export directly.

Moreover, some of the factories paid wages of April with the loans from the governmentannounced stimulus package but failed in May as banks declined to disburse loans from the package showing various reasons on the month, Hatem said.

‘We are trying to resolve the problems created by banks and hopefully workers will get their dues,’ he said.

The BGMEA in a statement claimed that 98 per cent of its active member factories paid wages of May to their workers.

According to the wage payment status of BGMEA, a total of 1,926 factories of the trade body export directly and 1,886 of them paid wages of May to their workers as of June 27.

Payment in 40 factories remained under process, the BGMEA said.

Although the members of the BGMEA are more than 4,000, the trade body only provided statistics of factories which export directly.

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