The Managing Director of Dragon Sweater Bangladesh – Dragon Group was in news recently for allegedly terminating some workers without reportedly paying them due benefits – maintained that the company has paid wages to the workers for a period of 3 months when the factory was kept shut as per Government’s instructions before laying off some workers who were unable to return to work even after work resumed in the factory.
According to media reports, Mostafa Golam Quddus (MD) further maintained that despite this, some workers and labour leaders were trying to tarnish the image of the company both in the country and abroad while alleging that some union leaders have been hanging posters in front of some stores in Europe asking not to buy products made by Dragon.
The Managing Director of the company is said to have made these observations during a press meet held in capital Dhaka recently.
Labour leaders have, however, refuted Quddus’s claims.
Speaking to the media, General Secretary of Garment Workers Trade Union Centre (a platform for garment workers), Jolly Talukder, reportedly underlined that around 500 to 600 workers terminated by the company, have not been paid properly.
As to the allegations of hanging posters, Jolly said it was global union leaders’ expression of solidarity with the affected workers.
Quddus should pay his workers and staff properly as every worker deserves legal payment by the employer, reportedly maintained Jolly.