Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) claimed that all the ready-made garment factories affiliated with the trade body have paid their workers Eid bonus yesterday.
“All of our factories have paid Eid bonus to their employees and most of the factories have either made partial or full monthly payments for the month of August, based on discussions with their respective workers,” said BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman at a press conference.
The press conference was arranged by the BGMEA and took place at their headquarters in Dhaka.
The BGMEA president said: “We apologise to factory owners as we have taken some harsh decisions in some cases for the sake of the industry. A few of the owners have been forced to clear their employees’ wages and allowances by selling machinery from their factories. ”
He added that some 800 factories remained under the surveillance of the BGMEA, as different government agencies including Industrial Police identified the factories vulnerable to labour unrest, while wages and allowances of around 45,000 workers in 40 factories have been ensured due to the direct intervention of the BGMEA.
The trade body resolved problems in factories through discussions with management, labour leaders and bank authorities.
The BGMEA president said the factory owners announced Eid holidays in phases as per instructions from the government so the rush of people returning home does not affect highway traffic.
Almost 90% of ready-made garment factory workers left Dhaka on Thursday and the rest will depart on Friday.
BGMEA vice presidents SM Mannan, Mohammed Nasir and Ferdous Perves attended the press conference.