BGMEA claim at odds with worker protests

PV Desk : Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association President Md Siddiqur Rahman has claimed that all of their members have cleared the payments and bonuses of their factory workers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.

Shortly after his claim at a media briefing at the BGMEA headquarters in Dhaka on Saturday, workers of Monde Apparels Ltd blocked a road in Kalyanpur for one and a half hours, demanding three months of back pay and bonuses.

Monde Apparels is a member of the apex body of garment exporters.

Rahman told reporters: “As far as we know, 100 percent factories have cleared salaries and allowances and in some cases half of the salary for this month or 20 days’ salary has been paid to the workers.”

“BGMEA was informed earlier about some factories where troubles over pay were likely to happen before the Eid,” he said, adding 3,100 factories are under BGMEA and BKMEA purview.

“Of them, 35 factories had minor issues. We managed to solve those with everyone’s help. All factories under BGMEA and BKMEA paid their workers. There have been no problems.”