Eid pay deadline for apparel factories likely to be set Monday

BDApparelNews Desk
19 May 2019  

Logo of Bangladesh Government. Photo Courtesy: Collected

Logo of Bangladesh Government. Photo Courtesy: Collected

Bangladesh government is likely to set a deadline for apparel manufacturers to clear the wages, bonus and dues of factory workers on Monday, May 20, 2019.

On that day, the Ministry of Labour and Employment is scheduled to hold a meeting of the tri-partite committee formed jointly with apparel manufacturers, worker leaders and government stakeholders, according to a schedule of the ministry.

State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian is expected to chair the meeting. Rubana Huq, president of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, is also expected to attend the meeting at labour ministry.

It is expected that the government will discuss and finalise a deadline for all apparel manufacturing factories to clear the wages, dues and bonus of the apparel workers in that meeting, since there is not much time before Eid-ul-Fitr due on the first week of June.

The last meeting of the tripartite committee was held on May 13, 2019. However, the meeting ended without drafting a deadline for clearing the pay of apparel manufacturers. The government said that it would mandate all factories to clear the pay before Eid.

WHY THIS EID IS CRUCIAL

It is almost traditional in Bangladesh that every year before Eid the apparel industry workers come down to the streets demanding due wages or bonus from factory workers.

This time though, things are a bit more serious as Bangladesh has freshly gotten off the biggest labour unrest over discrepancy in the latest pay structure during December 2018 and January 2019. Over 11,000 workers were reportedly sacked in the fallout of the unrest.

Without delay, the government formed 23 ‘monitoring committees’ after the unrest, which are still working on the ground and taking information about the latest situation of labour unrest. Governed under the Crisis Management Committee, it is also ensuring a smooth atmosphere.

One of the prime work of those ‘monitoring committees’ have been to relay ground information to the government for swift tackling of any untoward situation that may arise. The government also is sitting regularly to check back with these ground teams to stay informed.

Now, the government and factory owners must tread carefully regarding the Eid pay and bonus of the workers. Concerns are, the labour unrest may spring back.