Labour unrest could flare up at 506 garment factories

Staff Correspondent

Labour unrest might flare up at 506 apparel factories at Ashulia, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chittagong ahead of Eid on the demand of payment of wages and festival bonus, industrial police cautioned the authorities in a report Thursday.
The industrial police in the report submitted to the home ministry explained the overall situation facing the apparel industry.
The unrest could affect production at 506 out of the country’s 3,655 apparel factories, the industrial police cautioned the authorities.
In the report industrial police expressed the apprehension that the unrests could flare up at 506 factories in the four hubs due to delays or non payment of wages and festival bonus to workers in time to facilitate workers’ Eid celebrations.
According to sources, out of 506 factories, 225 are affiliated to the  Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 83 are members  of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, 16 are members of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association and the rest are unaffiliated.
BGMEA vice president Shahidullah Azim told New Age Sunday that 250 affiliated garment factories might fail to pay the wages and festival bonus to their workers in time due to business slowing down.
‘We are monitoring the factories,’ he said but ruled out the possibility of labour unrests interrupting production in those factories.
Azim said that out of the 250 factories under surveillance, 91 were in Chittagong.
‘This is our apprehension that the factory owners might be unable to pay the wages and festival bonus to the workers as per their demand before Eid as the factories faced order crisis in the last couple of months,’
he said.
But the industrial police in its report expressed the apprehension that unrests could interrupt production at 114 factories in Ashulia, 149 factories in Gazipur, 100 in Chittagong and 143 in Narayanganj.
The industrial police guards more than 3,000 apparel factories in the four hubs, said industrial police director general Abdus Salam.
‘We are closely monitoring the situation so that nothing untoward could take place ahead of Eid as in the previous  years,’ he said.
Salam said that 506 factories were facing the risks of unrests and the industrial police already informed the concerned ministry
about it.

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