RMG workers stage demo protesting factory closure
Ibrahim Hossain Ovi

Workers of a garment factory in the capital have staged demonstration in front BGMEA building protesting their factory closure without prior notice and payment of dues.

Over one hundred workers of So-Nice Garments, located at Mohakhali, gathered in front of BGMEA Bhaban around 12:15pm Thursday, protesting the factory closure. They also demanded their dues to be paid as per the law.

Later, a group of workers met a BGMEA official and raised their concern over the factory shut. They urged the official to take necessary steps to reopen the factory or to pay all the dues.

“We have received the complain and convened a meeting with the factory owner and workers’ representatives to resolve the issues,” Munsur Khaled Additional secretary of BGMEA told the Dhaka Tribune.

Ripon, a worker of the factory, said: “On Wednesday, the factory owner paid wages and we went to the home with hope to join the factory today (Thursday). But reaching the office ground, I saw a notice that the factory has been closed sine die.”

Zohora Khatun, who had been working at the factory since 2002, told the Dhaka Tribune: “For the last two years, the owner had been paying wages irregularly. But without any declaration, he has declared the factory shut.”

She went on to say: “I want my all the dues including three-month notice befit along with the retirement benefits as per the labour law.”

According to Labour Act, if a factory owner wants to close a factory, s/he has to give a three-month notice period. Otherwise, the factory owners have to pay for three months. Besides, the workers will enjoy gratuity and pay for earned leave as per the law. 

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