Protests continue for extension of RMG Eid holiday

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:14, May 09,2021


Garment workers continued their demonstrations in Dhaka and Gazipur on Sunday demanding an extension of three-day Eid holidays while employers remained stick to the government decision of not to increase the holidays.

The government has instructed factory owners that the Eid holiday would be only for three days and the workers would not be allowed to go to their native areas to contain the outbreak of coronavirus.

Protesting at the government decision, RMG workers have been staging demonstrations for last couple of days in Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj.

Hundreds of workers of various garment factories at Mirpur in the city staged demonstration on Sunday and demanded 10day Eid holiday.

Amid the protest of workers, the state minister for labour Monnujan Sufian on Sunday once again said that there was no scope to extend Eid holidays.

The state minister made the announcement at an RMG tripartite consultative council meeting at Shrama Bhaban in the city.

Labour leaders in the meeting demanded an extension of Eid holidays to 5 to 7 days saying that RMG workers usually do their jobs on general holidays and adjust the holidays during Eid festival.

The state minister said that the factory owners and workers would jointly decide as to how the due holidays would be adjusted later, but all workers would have to stay at their current location during the leave.

Representatives of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association also attended the meeting.

Although the apparel sector trade bodies — BGMEA and BKMEA has asked its members to strictly maintain the government decision of three days Eid holiday, some of the factories have already announced the holiday ranging five to ten days.

BGMEA president Faruque Hassan on Saturday instructed the member factories of the trade body to comply the government instruction of three-day Eid holiday.

He also requested workers not to go to their respective villages amid the surge of coronavirus infection in the country.

Apparel sector leaders said that the factories that had announced Eid holidays ranging from 5 to 10 days before the announcement of the government instruction would issue amended holiday notices in line with the government decision.  

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