'The workers will get their bonus by 20th Ramadan, which falls on June 16, and we will launch our monitoring cell as in the previous year to avert any untoward incidents'
RMG workers will get festival allowance marking the biggest religious festival Eid ul-Fitr within 20th Ramadan, says BGMEA.
Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Vice-President Mohammed Nasir came up with the announcement while addressing a programme titled “33th Crisis Management on RMG Sector” in the capital on Monday.
“The workers will get their bonus by 20th Ramadan, which falls on June 16, and we will launch our monitoring cell as in the previous year to avert any untoward incidents,” said Nasir.
The wages for the month of June will be paid in consultation with the workers and owners, he added.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque presided over the meeting while senior Labour and Employment Secretary Mikail Shipar was present at the meeting.
Trade union leaders present at the meeting urged the owners as well as the government to take measures to pay wages and festival allowances before 20th Ramadan so that workers can enjoy the biggest religious festival with their relatives.
Sirajul Islam Rony, president, Bangladesh National Garment Workers and Employees League, alleged that some unregistered federations are not practising unionism. As a result, the incident of labour unrest is occurring and the government should take action against them to avert any unexpected incident, he added.
The government will make a list of trade unions, which are not registered with the Department of Labour, said Mujibul.
He also hinted at looking into the activities non-government organisation providing training for workers.
Current, RMG sector, the $28 billion industry, has about 44 lakh workers, of which 80% are women, mostly from rural areas. The sector contributes 82% to the overall export of Bangladesh.