Owners of garment factories agreed to pay Eid
festival allowance and salary of the month of May to the apparel workers by 30 May and 2 June.
It was decided in the 42nd meeting of the crisis management core committee with state minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian in the chair.
“Factory owners will pay the salary of at least 20 days of the month of May by 2 June and festival bonus by 30 May so that the workers can go to their village homes smoothly to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones,” said Sufian.
If any owner wants to pay the salary of the whole month of May, they can do it, but they will have to pay salary of at least 20 days of the month of May by 2 June, she added.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Rubana Huq said the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the first week of June and if the salary of the 10 days of the month of May is paid after Eid holiday, workers will be able to meet the expenditures for the remaining days of the month of June.
“The government, garment owners and workers will have to work together to ensure peace and productivity in the apparel sector,” Rubana said.
Acting secretary of labour and employment ministry Ummul Hasna, additional secretary Sayed Ahmad, inspector general of Department of Inspection for
Factories and Establishments Shib Nath Roy, leaders from BGMEA, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), trade union leaders and industrial police, attended the meeting.