According to Bangladesh’s Industrial Police, as many as 1,004 industrial units in six areas under its jurisdiction, which combinedly account for 7,602 factories, were yet to pay workers’ wages for the month of May as of 29 June, as per media reports.
436 out of these 1,004 factories are reportedly textile and apparel manufacturing units.
Further, out of the 436 units, 266 are members of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), 36 affiliated with Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) and 134 are members factories of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the reports claimed.
The data collated by the Industrial Police also shows that a large number of industrial units –
655 factories, including 212 textile and apparel manufacturing units – failed to pay wage to their workers even in April.
Subsequent to failure in paying wages and other allowances, Industrial Police claimed, 166 factories witnessed around 177 cases of labour unrest with manufacturing hub of Ashulia registering highest number of labour agitation, followed by Narayanganj, Gazipur, Khulna, Chittagong and Mymensingh.