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Bangladesh’s 530 factories may face labour unrest

The police have primarily identified 530 factories, mostly readymade garment and textile units, which may face labour unrest over non-payment of wages and festival allowances before Eid-ul-Azha to be celebrated on July 21.

Eid-ul-Azha is one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims.

The Industrial Police has prepared the list of 530 factories, including 372 RMG and textile units.

Of the factories, 276 are members of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 63 members of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 33 registered with the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, 19 industrial units operating under the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority and 139 non-RMG factories.

The factories are located in six zones — Dhaka except Dhaka metropolitan area, Gazipur, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Mymensingh and Khulna — under the jurisdiction of the Industrial Police.

The Industrial Police has found that 119 factories in the Dhaka zone, 243 in Gazipur, 92 in Chattogram, 53 in Narayanganj, 16 in Mymensingh and seven factories in the Khulna zone might face unrest.

‘Some of the readymade garment factories are facing a crisis of liquidity due to the Covid pandemic and unrest may take place in the units over the payment of wages and festival allowances,’ BGMEA senior vice-president SM Mannan Kochi told New Age on Monday.

He said that BGMEA teams were monitoring nearly 300 factories closely in which unrest might take place due to the non-payment of wages and allowances.

‘We are trying to resolve the problems through discussions with the factory authorities and banks,’ Kochi said.

He said that the issues related to workers’ wages and festival allowances would be discussed in the meeting of the consultative committee on RMG to be held at the labour ministry today.

BKMEA director Fazle Ehsan Shamim said that 2 to 3 per cent of the RMG factories was facing problems but hopefully, all the units would be able to overcome the situation and workers would get their wages and allowances before Eid.


Source: NEWAGE

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