by Apparel Resources News-Desk
28-January-2019 | 2 mins read
The workers’ agitation to protest against the so called discrepancies in the new minimum wage could be over but if reports are to be believed, many workers are still fearful of reprisals from the factory owners.
It is under this backdrop the Commerce Minister of Bangladesh Tipu Munshi reportedly called upon the garment makers to take measures so that no non-violent workers are harassed by the police.
“It would not be right and we do not want it,” reportedly maintained Munshi at a dialogue on the recent wage debate in the garment sector, organised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue in Dhaka recently, while adding “Maybe they were provoked by the outsiders”.
In the dialogue attended by garment exporters, union leaders, executives of different factories and researchers, the Commerce Minister reportedly suggested formation of a solid monitoring committee to investigate whether anybody instigated the workers or propagated rumours to engage the workers in the unrest.
He also underlined that factory owners pay the workers by strictly following the wage structure that was revised recently after nine days’ of demonstration by thousands of workers in the industrial belts such as Ashulia, Savar and Uttara.
As per reports, factory owners have so far reportedly filed 13 cases with Ashulia and Savar police stations mentioning the names of 215 workers and more than 1,000 unnamed ones for their alleged involvement in the recent unrest while police on its part have arrested 40 of the workers and are on the hunt for the others.