71 of BGMEA units haven't paid workers for May

Workers of Elegant, Cassiopea Fashion on hunger strike

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Amid reports of continuous protests for back pay in the industrial zones, BGMEA says 71 registered factories have not paid the workers for May, reports bdnews244.com.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced as many as 348 of its 2,274 members to shut factories.
Out of the rest, 1,855 paid the workers for the month of May until Friday.
Most of the factories that could not pay are small ones, the BGMEA said.
It did not say how many work in these factories.
Not all the members of the garment exporters' lobbying group could pay the workers for April either.
Monirul Alam Shuvo, a spokesman for the BGMEA, said 1,370 factories could apply for loans from the government's coronavirus bailout package to pay the workers.
But many of them were considered ineligible for the funds.
An FE Report adds: Workers of Elegant, Cassiopea Fashion Ltd went on symbolic hunger strike on Saturday demanding payment of due wages.
Bngladesh Apparels Workers Federation-BAWF organised the demonstration in front National Press Club as hundreds of workers were sacked by the apparel industry.
Besides, they were also have not been provided with due wages, according to press release.
Attending in the demonstration, workers' leaders said a section of garments industry owners are firing workers inhumanly during such critical period caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
The country's garments industries have been built by workers. But they are highly neglected by the owners, they said.
The leaders demanded the international brands concerned to take proper steps to realize the due payments of workers from Elegant, Cassiopea Fashion Ltd.
They gave a 72-hours ultimatum to the owner to pay all dues. Otherwise, they will appeal to the authorities concerned through international workers' organisations.
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