Food, treatment, job safety of workers demanded

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:59, Apr 17,2021


Leaders of different workers’ rights bodies on Friday called on the government and factory owners to ensure health, food and job securities of the workers during restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19.

Garment factories have been allowed to remain open amid the ongoing eight-day countrywide strict restrictions that began on April 14.

Bangladesh Trade Union Centre president Shahidullah Chowdhury and general secretary Wajed-ul-Islam Khan on Friday at a press statement called on to ensure health, food and job securities of the workers.

They raised a five-point demand. Their demand includes food and cash money for the workers, risk grants for the workers, free COVID-19 treatments for the infected workers and an end to layoff during restrictions.

Leaders of Garments Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad in a press statement demanded special aid for the garment workers during restrictions.

The joint coordinators of GSKOP Abdul Oahed and Quamrul Ahsan made the demand of the special aid in the statement.

They also called on the garment factory owners to ensure safety of the garment factories during the COVID-19 situation.

They said that the factory owners must take responsibility for treatments of the workers infected with COVID-19.

They also called on the factory owners to refrain from sacking any worker during restrictions as they did at the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Socialist Labour Front president Razequzzaman Ratan and general secretary Ahsan Habib Bulbul in a press statement also demanded food and cash incentives for the workers of the informal sector who had lost their jobs during the COVID-19 crisis.

They called on all the labour right bodies to be united for waging movements for realising the rights of the workers in the country.

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