Owners agree to pay RMG workers by July 26, says minister

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The state minister for labour and employment, M Mujibul Haque, on Tuesday said the owners of garment factories agreed to pay apparel workers the partial wages of the current month along with festival allowance by July 26 ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
‘The owners will decide how much they will pay for Eid bonus as per their abilities,’ he said. The labour law says nothing about it, he added.
‘They have, however, agreed to pay partial wages of the current month by July 26,’ he said after a meeting with the representatives from BGMEA, BKMEA and labour leaders at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
The state minister called-upon the bus operators not to charge additional fair during the Eid, particularly form workers.
The industrial police in a report on Thursday cautioned authorities concerned that labour unrest might flare up in 506 apparel units at Ashulia, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chittagong ahead of Eid demanding payment of wages and festival allowance. Most of the labour groups were demanding payment of arrears, wage of current month and festival allowance before Ramadan 20.
Meanwhile, leaders of the National Garment Workers Federation, at a protest rally in Dhaka today demanded payment of festival allowance equivalent to the basic wage of one month before Eid irrespective of government and private mills and factories.

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