Retrenchment of garment workers and issues related to their wages have emerged as a major concern for the country’s readymade garment sector with garment workers hitting the streets of garment manufacturing hubs in and around the capital Dhaka, becoming a regular occurrence.
To dispel the fear among the workers about their future, has stepped in the apex garment makers body of the country, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
It has called upon all its member factories to refrain from laying off any garment worker in May.
Further, the traders’ body also made it clear that as per the agreement reached with the Trade Union Centre (TUC) and the Bangladesh Council (IBC), all workers who could not work in April will get 60 per cent of their gross salaries while another 5 per cent will be adjusted with their salaries of May.
The BGMEA came out with the assurance through an official statement issued recently.
The assurance by the garment makers’ body many feel will do a world of good to sooth the fraying nerves and bring in the much-needed order, more so when the industry has resumed work after almost a month, following the coronavirus outbreak in the country.