The junior minister came up with the call at 42nd Crisis Management Core Committee meeting held Thursday at the Ministry of Labor and Employment
State Minister for Labor and Employment Monnujan Sufian Thursday urged the country’s apparel manufacturers to pay workers Eid festival allowance and salary for the month of May by May 30 and June 2 respectively.
The junior minister came up with the call at 42nd Crisis Management Core Committee meeting held Thursday at the Ministry of Labor and Employment.
Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to be held on June 5 and the initiative to pay festival allowance and salary for the month of May earlier would ensure workers’ safe journey to home to celebrate the largest Muslim religious festival.
“In the meeting, I urged the factory owners to pay workers Eid festival allowance and salary for the month of May by May 30 and June 2 respectively. The owners agreed to pay festival bonus by May 30 and wages for 20 days of May by June 2,” Monnujan Sufian told reporters after the meeting.
In case of inability to pay full wages for the Month of May, owners may pay salaries for 20 days by May.
“Since the Eid-ul-Fitr will be held in the first week of June, it will be better for the workers if they get 10 days’ salaries after the Eid vacation,” Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Rubana Huq said.
Government-owners-workers do not want to see workers unrest in the apparel sector, the most important sector for the country’s economy. So everyone has to work together to maintain discipline in the sector and keep the production unhurt, adds Huq.
Apparel sector leaders including Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), trade union leaders, industrial police, government high-ups from different ministries were present at the meeting.