Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday demanded monthly incentives for workers and other low-income group people during the ongoing restrictions imposed by the government to curb the fresh surge in COVID-19 infections.
Addressing a virtual discussion of the Bangladesh Jatyatabadi Sramik Dal, Fakhrul made the demand, saying that the country’s economic growth is helping factory owners to make more wealth while workers are living in unhygienic slum areas.
The Sramik Dal organised the discussion marking the first death anniversary of its former general secretary Zafrul Hasan.
‘Imposing lockdown is important to save lives. But there is no way to ignore the livelihoods of the low-income group,’ he said, adding that labour rights group should raise the demand for incentives for workers and low-income group people, and go for movements.
He said that the government should ensure necessary relief materials and other assistances for RMG workers and other low-income group people during the COVID-19 crisis.
‘Giving incentives and bank loans to factory owners only is not a solution. Incentives for workers of formal and informal sectors are must,’ Fakhrul said.
He said that leaders of most labour organisations are busy maintaining relations with powerful quarters nowadays. As a result the organisations are losing strengths to press demands for the interest of general labourers, he said.
Fakhrul said that a strong labour organisation and a strong student organisation were must for ousting a ‘fascist government like the Awami League government’. ‘But our organisations are not strong enough,’ he added.
BNP standing committee members Nazrul Islam Khan and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud, vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu, joint secretary general Mojibur Rahman Sarwar, organising secretary Syed Imran Hossain Prince and Sramik Dal president Anwar Hossain, among others, spoke in the discussion.
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