Many factories fail to clear wage, bonus

Staff Correspondent

Authorities of several readymade garment factories did not pay wages and festival allowances to their workers even on Saturday, in breach of their commitment, creating uncertainty about whether these garment workers will get their outstanding wages before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Garment workers, meanwhile, continued their agitation at different factories, demanding the wages and festival allowances, with only one day left before the Eid holidays.
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures’ and Exporters’ Association at a meeting with the state minister for labour and employment M Mujibul Haque on July 15 committed that the factory authorities would pay workers’ wages for the month July and festival allowances, within July 26.
But workers’ leaders on Saturday alleged that owners of at least 30 per cent garment factories in the country did not pay the wages in line with their commitment, till the filling of this report Saturday evening.
BGMEA vice president Shahidullah Azim, however, claimed that most of the factory owners paid wages and bonuses on Saturday barring a very few.
‘Only four to five garment factory owners have failed to pay the workers and they will pay by Sunday,’ Azim claimed.
The president of National Garment Workers Federation, Amirul Haque Amin, said several factory owners were yet to pay wages and festival allowances.
He said they were collecting names of the factories that have failed to keep their commitment.
Design Limited, Don Star Neat Wear Limited, Manville Style Limited, JK Neat Limited and Expencid Apparels in Savar, Asad Neat Garments in Ashulia, Chhatko Neat Wear in Tongi, S Nahar Garments, A 1 Bangladesh Limited and Shwaronika Garments Limited in Kawranbazar and Taj Garments in Mirpur, have not paid the wages till Saturday evening, Amin claimed.
The general secretary of the Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre KM Ruhul Amin said the owners of Fantasy Sweater Limited in Ashulia, MJ Sweater Limited and Alpine Sweater in the capital, Bhai Bhai Printer and Tech Mark in Gazipur, did not pay the wage and bonus of the workers till Saturday.
Garments Sramik Oikya Forum president Mushrefa Mishu alleged about 30 per cent of the garment factory owners, including the garment factories of Alif Grup, CTL Garments Limited, Elephant Road and World Fashion in Gazipur, have failed their commitment.
Garments Sramik Sanghati coordinator Taslima Akher Lima said the owners of Nasa Group, High Tech, Radial International and Hameem Trouser were also among the group.
Several hundred apparel workers since Friday surrounded a factory of Toba group in the capital’s Badda area demanding their salaries and festival allowances.
They have kept hostage the mother-in-law and brother-in-law of Toba Garment’s owner Delwar Hossain.
Workers of Toba group, mother concern of Tazreen Garments, have been staging demonstration since Friday at the Hossain Market of Badda as their salaries and festival allowances were not paid.
New Age Gazipur correspondent reported that the authorities of Trade Mark Fashion Limited did not pay wages and bonuses to their workers even on Saturday, which led the workers agitating for the fifth day.
The workers of the factory allegedly took away different machineries from the factory and sold them in the market, distributing the money amongst themselves.
The agitating workers had also kept hostage two officials of the factory while they were fleeing the factory in the face of workers’ agitation. They were, however, released on Saturday.

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