BGMEA president Rubana Huq
BGMEA president Rubana HuqFile Photo

The leaders of Bangladesh Confederation of Labour (BCL) on Friday said the national disaster caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be intensified if the owners start laying off readymade garment workers

They stated this while addressing a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital.

The labour rights body demanded social safety, ration, residential and health service facilities, including industrial area-based hospitals for the RMG workers.

BCL president Sultana Begum said, “Labourers have been passing miserable days as they didn’t get dues accordingly while owners have been laying off labourers from factories.”

“According to media, we’ve come to know what Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Rubana Huq said about workers’ layoff,” one of the speakers said.

While speaking in the human chain, they also said that the BGMEA president showed an ‘irresponsible’ attitude by talking about the workers’ layoff in a way that tried to normalise it.

Pointing at garment owners, BCL leaders alleged that their work load has been increased for more profit, while on the other hand wages were cut.

They also urged the BGMEA president to withdraw her 'anti-worker' statement as soon as possible.