Some RMG workers yet to get dues

Staff Correspondents

Owners of around 20 garment factories have failed to pay wages and bonuses of their workers before Eid Ul Fitr, till Saturday evening, although they had committed to pay it by July 26, said labour leaders.
The leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association leaders on July 15, at a meeting with the state minister for labour and employment M Mujibul Haque,   committed to pay the workers wage of the month July and bonus within July 26.
The BGMEA leaders on Sunday convened a press conference at its office to brief the media about the latest situation in the payment of workers, but they cancelled the conference at the last moment.
National Garment Workers Federation president Amirul Haque Amin said some factory owners were yet to pay the wages and festival allowances of the workers.
Some of the owners have now made a new commitment to pay on Monday, Amirul added.
He said that factories, including SL Design Limited, Savar, Don Star Neat Wear Limited, Savar, Manville Style Limited, Savar, JK Neat Limited, Savar, Expencid Apparels, Savar, Asad Neat Garments, Ashulia, Chhatko Neat Wear, Tongi, S Nahar Garments, Kawranbazar, A One Bangladesh Limited, Dhaka, Shwaronika Garments Limited, Kawranbazar and Taj Garments, Mirpur, were yet to clear their dues with the workers.
KM Ruhul Amin, the general secretary of the Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre, said that some factory owners, most of them BGMEA members, did not pay the wage and bonus of workers according to their commitment.
Alpine Sweater, Dhaka, Bhai Bhai Printer, Gazipur and Tech Mark, Gazipur did not pay by Saturday, Ruhul Amin said.
BGMEA vice president Shahidullah Azim told New Age that all the members of BGMEA had paid the workers though some owners failed to pay the full salary of the month July, as the month is yet to pass.
More than 40 lakh garment workers, most of them female, are working in about 5,000 factories across the country.

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