30pc RMG factories yet to pay wages

Staff Correspondent

About 30 per cent garment factories across the country did not pay the wage of the workers by the government set deadline that expired on Thursday.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association leaders said that a few number of factory owners failed to meet the government set deadline due to cash crisis,  but all of them would make payment before Eid-ul-Azha.
Garment labour leaders on Thursday evening told New Age that about 70 per cent factory owners paid wages of the workers according to their commitments to the government.
Some factory owners committed to pay the dues of the workers on Friday, the labour leaders said.
The BGMEA vice president Shahidullah Azim said that almost 100 per cent of the BGMEA member factories would make payment by Sunday.
‘We had detected problems in the 27 factories that were unwilling to pay festival allowances and full wages for the month of September but all of the companies except one have already overcome their problems,’ he said.
The workers of Akik Apparels Ltd in the city have been staging demonstration for last couple of weeks as their wages for the months of August and September remained unpaid.
Azim said that the owners of the company arranged money for the wages of August and promised to pay the wages of September after Eid.
‘The workers accepted the proposal of the factory authorities and I hope the problems of the Akik Apparels will be resolve by Suturday,’ said Azim.
National Garment Workers Federation president Amirul Haque Amin said that the owners of Olio Apparel, in Kamalapur, Success Fashion in Madhya Basabo, Benson Garments in Dakhin Khan in the city did not pay the wages of their workers.
KM Ruhul Amin, general secretary of Garment Sramik Trade Union Centre, said that about 70 per cent of the garment factory owners paid the wages of the workers on Thursday.
The owners of Soyan Garments in Dakhin Khan, Ruhul Sweater in Gazipur, Western Fabrics in Gazipur, Hannan Fabrics in Gazipur, Dody Fashion in Gazipur and Seiko Apparel in Dakhin Khan did not pay the wages and festival allowance of their workers according to their commitments, Ruhul added.
Some factory owners committed to pay the dues of the workers on Friday, Ruhul said.
Taslima Akhter, the coordinator of Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati said that 1,600 workers of Tuba Group still did not get any payment.
She demanded resolving the issue of the Tuba Group crisis before Eid-ul-Azha.

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