Fear of discontent over salary-bonus in 200 garments factories
The law enforcing agencies have expressed fear of workers discontent for paying salary, bonus before Eid in two hundred garments factories in different parts of the country including Dhaka.
The law enforcement agency members delivered the information in Garments Crisis Management Core Committee meeting at the secretariat on Tuesday.
Leaders of different factory owners and workers organizations were present in the meeting presided over by State Minister for Labor and Employment Mujibul Haque.
Additional DIG of police (Intelligence and Special Affairs) Md. Moniruzzaman in the meeting said, payment has to be made if crisis takes place even there is no ability, so it is better to do in advance.
He said, we have specific information that 200 garments factories including 122 in Dhaka and 48 outside Dhaka will not be able to pay salary and bonus before Eid. If problem occurs in 20 factories then the Eid will be ruined. If the workers take position on roads then the automobiles ply on North Bengal, Chattogram and Sylhet route will stop. So we are requesting to solve the problems by sitting one to one.
Moniruzzaman said, there are some NGOs and other stake holders that are political organizations more than labor organizations. We are requesting to consider the matters.
He also said, this is the year of election, certain quarters may take some benefits centering the labor discontent.
In the meeting BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman said, we cannot create pressure on the factories that are not our members. We are not allowing membership that does not meet the compliance. We are making a database. The number of workers in our enlisted member factories is 30 lakh.
He said, the new minimum wages will be implemented from December. We are calculating on what will be the wages and what to do. We are working, holding meetings. We will declare the wages by September.
State Minister for Labor and Employment Mujibul Haque said, there are some NGOs who intentionally spreading propaganda against us. We all need to be alert over the matters.