BGMEA launches probe into AAFA’s worker termination claim

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

30-May-2019  |  2 mins read

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Following the recent allegations of large-scale workers’ termination in Bangladesh’s flourishing garment industry by the American Apparel and Footwear Federation (AAFA), the country’s apex garment manufacturers’ body, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), has initiated an independent inquiry to ascertain the AAFA’s claims, as per media reports.

“I have noted your concerns over the ‘criminal complaints against labour leaders’ and your demand of reinstatement of the workers who were allegedly fired during the violent protest over the minimum wage issues,” underlined President of BGMEA Dr. Rubana Huq in response to a letter that she received from AAFA on this issue recently.

It may mentioned here that AAFA (which is the highest trade body of the US in garment and footwear business with representation of 1,000 brands having more than US $ 400 billion retail sales in a year) wrote letters to Huq as well as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina complaining about the termination of more than 1,000 garment workers and criminal charges being pressed against the labour leaders.

“We are going to talk to factory authorities individually to have a clear understanding on the justification and legal compliance to the terminations,” Huq maintained, adding, “Let me also remind you that while illegal acts of any kind on the part of the employees are absolutely unacceptable, we must respect the rights of factories to protect their workers and property from vandalism.”

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