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Bangladesh garment factories face risk of labour unrest

May 01, 2021
Bangladesh garment factories face risk of labour unrest

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Around 538 manufacturing units in Bangladesh, including textile mills and readymade garment (RMG) factories, face a risk of labour unrests due to the lack of Eid-ul-Fitr festival allowance, wage payments, mass termination, etc. The government has instructed owners to pay April wages and festival allowance by May 10.

Monnujan Sufian, State Minister for Labour, held a meeting to discuss the current labour situation. It was attended by representatives of the Department of Factories and Establishments (DIFE) and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Of the 538 factories, 76 were registered with Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), 33 with Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) and 25 with Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA).

According to the Industrial Police (IP), 158 factories hadn’t paid dues for March of which 49 were listed with BGMEA, 14 with BKMEA, 15 with BTMA and eight with BEPZA. The listed units are located in six IP zones of Dhaka – the Dhaka metropolitan area, Gazipur, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Khulna.

Labour leaders mentioned that the reasons for this unrest situation were lack of fixed festival allowance in garment factories, partial and non-payment of festival allowance during last Eid, mass termination, non-payment of legal benefits and sudden closure or lay-off in factories.

Source: The Financial Express

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