Even as hundreds of garment workers continue to throng the streets in and around capital Dhaka demanding disbursal of their wage and arrears of the previous month, the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) has now decided to come down heavily on the errant factories.
It has decided to list units that have failed to pay workers’ salary by 16 April and subsequently send the same to the Ministry of Labour and Employment by 20 April, for further action.
In a statement issued, DIFE Inspector General Shibnath Roy has warned the garment manufacturers of stern legal action and even non-renewal of the licenses, if they fail to abide by the DIFE instructions by 16 April.
It may be mentioned here that workers’ agitation continued unabated even on Wednesday with areas like Bhashantek, Shah Ali, Badda, Bhatara, Mirpur, and many more witnessing workers taking to the streets to show their dissent.
While workers from MEC Garments in Darus Salam assembled at Gabtoli yesterday morning to protest against delay in getting their salaries, those from Shamser Razia Garments and Shakib Garments, reportedly laid siege at Pragati Sarani and Mirpur-10 intersection, respectively.
Meanwhile, as per Officer in Charge of Shah Ali Police Station, around 150 people working in small factories occupied an area near Muktijoddha Market for an hour to show their dissent.