A massive 21,331 workers, most of whom were employed in the readymade garment sector of the country, have lost their jobs since Eid, claimed media reports.
Of these, 11,000 have been retrenched in the last couple of weeks.
As per the reports, which cited data collated by the country’s Industrial Police, of the 21,331 workers who were employed with around 129 factories spread across six industrial zones that are under the jurisdiction of the Industrial Police, 19,409 were said to be employed with garment and textile units.
Further, of these 19,409 workers, 2,298 are from 16 factories that are under the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) while 16,853 were reportedly employed with around 86 factories that are members of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
The remaining 258 retrenched workers were reportedly working in four mills that are under the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA).
Meanwhile, labour leaders in Bangladesh have claimed that the total number of retrenched workers would be much higher as factories were allegedly sacking workers randomly without any notice.
It may be mentioned here that the figures collated by the Industrial Police are from the six industrial zones whereas as a large number of factories are there that are located outside the industrial zones.