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BGMEA: Don’t ask workers to return until further notice

  • Published at 12:11 am April 25th, 2020
RMG workers returning to Dhaka on foot
RMG workers returning to Dhaka on foot Collected

BGMEA also asked the factory owners not to lay off any worker on humanitarian grounds

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged all of its members to refrain from notifying their workers to return to their workstations until a concrete decision is taken on reopening factories.

"To keep the economy running and considering the overall situation, BGMEA will advise you on opening of factories," it said in a general directive to its members on Friday, reports UNB. 

Mentioning that a zone-wise staggered approach will be adopted to open the factories in a limited capacity, the association advised for asking only the workers who are living near the factories to join work.

Most of the garment workers had returned to their villages as the government declared a country wide general holiday to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Besides, it asked the factory owners not to lay off any worker on humanitarian grounds. 

Earlier on April 4, thousands of garment workers scrambled to reach their work places in Dhaka and adjoining areas, raising risks of coronavirus infection as apparel owners decided to reopen their factories on April 5.