Labour leaders for steps to protect RMG workers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:53, Apr 11,2021


Garments workers’ organisations on Saturday called on the government to take specific measures to protect the interest of garment workers during the possible lockdown likely to be imposed from April 14.

They urged the government to take steps so that employers cannot cut wages and bonus of workers showing excuse for the lockdown.

Presently factories are out of the purview of the government’s weeklong restrictions on public movement and operations of businesses that will end today.

Last year at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, factory owners cut down wages of garment workers and discharged thousands of workers from their jobs.

Government is going to start a one-week complete shutdown from April 14, when all offices, garment factories and all modes of transport would remain shut, state minster for public administration Farhad Hossain said on Friday.

Bangladesh Garment Sramik Samhati president Taslima Akhter and general secretary Julhasnyeen Babu, in a press statement, said that the government and the factory owners should take the responsibility so that the workers were not deprived from their wages during the lockdown.

They also called on the factory owners to refrain from cutting jobs in the name of lockdown.

The garment factory owners also reduced wages of workers during the lockdown in 2020.

Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre general secretary Joly Talukder told New Age that they would not accept any job cut or reduction in wages.

She called on the factory owners to pay full wages during present situation.

Garment Sramik Front president Ahsan Habib Bulbul told that anymore staff shedding or wage cuts would throw the low-paid garment workers to acute distress.

Samawnnita Garment Sramik Federation president Rafiqul Islam Pathik said that they would go for tough movement if the employers prefer further job cuts.

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