• Wednesday, Aug 04, 2021
  • Last Update : 11:44 pm

Restaurant workers to stage demo Tuesday over arrears

  • Published at 10:02 pm May 7th, 2021
Changes Covid-19 brought to the restaurant business
A deliveryman heads out to deliver food amid the Covid-19 pandemic in the capital recently Courtesy

They submitted a seven-point memorandum to the prime minister to ease sufferings

The Bangladesh Hotel Restaurant Sweetmeat Workers’ Federation (BHRSWF), a platform of eatery workers, has announced demonstrations across the country for Tuesday demanding their salaries, dues and festival bonus.

The decision was made at an emergency meeting of the organization on Thursday night with its vice-president Akhtaruzzaman Khan in the chair, says a press release issued on Friday.

As part of the central programme, the BHRSWF leaders and workers will stage a demonstration in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka at 9:30am.

Speaking at the meeting, Akhtaruzzaman said that thousands of workers of different hotels, restaurants and sweetmeat shops were going through ordeals since the owners were reluctant to pay their dues and festival bonus.

He alleged that neither the government nor the owners stood by the hotel workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The BHRSWF leaders alleged that the hotel and restaurant owners were resorting to dilly-dallying tactics due to inaction of the government.

Talking to UNB, BHRSWF General Secretary Anwar Hossain said that most of the restaurant owners were not paying the dues, wages and festival bonus of their workers, showing an excuse of lockdown and coronavirus pandemic.

He said that they had submitted a seven-point memorandum to the prime minister on April 13 to ease their sufferings, protect their jobs and announce incentives for the jobless workers. “But no step has so far been taken to meet any of our demands.”

Anwar urged the government to ask the hotel owners to clear the arrears and festival bonus, and announce incentives for the workers who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic since last year.

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