200 RMG units risky as labour unrest may flare up before Eid

Some 200 apparel factories have been identified as risky since the administration fears that those may fail to pay wages and festival bonus before Eid-ul-Azha causing labour unrest, officials said Sunday.

“Unless the dues and festival bonus are paid before the Eid, labour unrest may occur and workers may damage factories and blockade roads,” Ministry of Commerce (MoC) officials informed the people concerned.

The MoC officials, quoting an intelligence report, said that of the factories 20 are in Dhaka city, 28 in Dhaka district, 62 in Gazipur, seven in Mymensingh, four in Tangail, 26 in Narayanganj, 29 in Chittagong, one in Bandarban and two in Nilphamari.

The MoC has suggested that the authorities concerned should be cautious about the activities of factory owners, workers and leaders of labour organisations to avert any untoward incidents.

It also suggested that the owners of readymade garment (RMG) factories should pay the dues, wages and festival bonus of the labourers in time.

The MoC report has called for keeping watch so that the owners cannot lay off their factories in a bid to avoid paying the dues and festival bonus.

It also asked for arranging loans through Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) for the factories which may fail to make payments.

Meantime on Sunday, labour leaders at a view exchange meeting asked the factory owners to pay the dues and bonus in time so that the workers can enjoy the Eid in a festive mood.

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