Thursday, January 24, 2019 | ePaper

Pay the workers immediately, let them celebrate the Eid

  • Print
NEWS media reported that nearly 40 percent of the garment factories, most of which are small and not members of any trade bodies like the BGMEA or the BKMEA, are yet to pay the workers' salaries or festival bonus although Eid-ul-Fitr is knocking at the door. Most of the 4.4 million garment workers employed in nearly 5,500 factories are scheduled to go back to their village to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones.  But the poorly staffed garment workers with wrecked heart could not enjoy the festival if they are deprived of salary and bonus.
Primarily, a little more than 400 factories, whose employees are from 90 to 300, were listed as doubtful of being able to pay their workers before Eid. Of them, some are yet to pay either the salaries of May or festival bonus. Most of these non-paying factories are not members of the Bangladesh Garment manufacturers and Exporters Association and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association. As a result, it is very difficult to make anybody responsible for realising the payment for workers.
In Gazipur, the owner of Magnet Tex at Sreepur has locked the gate of his factory and fled -- without paying the workers' salaries and bonus. In Narayanganj, the owner of Ritika Fashion Wear at Tanbazar area has been absconding to avoid paying the workers. On May 29, the government instructed factory owners to complete the payment of May by June 10 and festival bonus by June 14.
The factory owners have been delaying payment of salaries and bonus as the workers take off for their villages as soon as receiving the money, hampering production in factories. Primarily, 200 factories in Dhaka and its adjacent areas were listed that may fail to pay their workers timely. However, the number of such factories is declining every day.
Today is the last working day before Eid and we ask the owners to give salary and bonus to the deprived labours even by alternatively arranging. Here, the Labour and Employment Ministry can play a significant role. We hope, the deprived workers will get their dues immediately and get a chance to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones.


More News For this Category

Increasing gap between rich and poor to hamper sustainable development

THE gap between rich and poor people continues to widen in Bangladesh, which also ranks among those countries with the fastest-growing number of very wealthy people. Bangladesh, according to the

Doctors should ensure quality healthcare service to patients

IN a surprise visit to 11 government hospitals and health complexes in eight districts including Dhaka on Tuesday, the Anti-Corruption Commission found 92 doctors out of a total of 230

Shut down the war machine!

Dave Lindorff :The time has come to cut the US military down to size. Last November, the Pentagon admitted what critics have known for years: It cannot pass an audit

Freshwater thirst around the globe

Edward Jones, Manzoor Qadir and Vladimir Smakhtin :Starting from a few, mostly Middle Eastern facilities in the 1960s, today almost 16,000 desalination plants are in operation in 177 countries, producing

Readers’ Forum

Give due coverage on sports We are sorry to say that neither the print nor the electronic media takes proper steps to quench the thirst of the of the sports

Poultry feed import must not pose grave health risk

THE government has banned import and sale of meat and bone meal, a protein concentrate for poultry, because of its health risks to human and livestock. Commonly known as MBM,

ACC's role in fighting corruption

THE Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday suspended one of its directors for allegedly leaking information about its investigation beforehand and also having nexus with the accused.  The suspended official was recently

Personal responsibility in the age of technological progress

Michael M. Lokshin :In the modern system of criminal justice, the sentence imposed on such a perpetrator should prevent that person from repeating the crime, demonstrate to society that such

Time to break the silence on Palestine

Michelle Alexander :On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan.

Readers’ Forum

Rohingyas must return The governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh seem to agree that forcibly displaced people from the Rakhine State of Myanmar, who are currently sheltered in refugee camps in