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SKOP to owners: Take responsibility for Covid treatment of RMG workers

  • Published at 04:00 pm August 6th, 2021
RMG apparel workers
Scores of apparel workers walking to the respective factories on foot amid the strict lockdown in Dhaka in April Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The leaders criticized the irresponsible decision of opening the mills-factories while keeping the public transport suspended

Leaders of the Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SKOP), a platform of over a dozen labour rights bodies, on Friday demanded making arrangements for Covid treatment and priority-based vaccination for readymade garment (RMG) workers.

They also demanded proper compensation for the workers in case of Covid death, risk allowance and bearing extra-conveyance cost for them.

The SKOP leaders came up with the demands from a demonstration rally held in front of the National Press Club.

They harshly criticized the irresponsible decision of opening the mills-factories while keeping the public transport suspended.

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The worker leaders demanded punishment for those who forced the workers to join work suddenly amid the countrywide Covid lockdown.

They claimed that the employers are plotting to cut off wages for the days when the factories were closed due to the Covid lockdown.

The leaders said any job cut or any curtailment in salary or overtime allowance would not be accepted amid the pandemic.

SKOP joint coordinator Shahidullah Chowdhury presided over the rally conducted by Ahsan Habib Bulbul, said a release.

Samajtantrik Sramik Front President Razequzzaman Ratan, Jatiya Sramik Jote Bangladesh President Saifuzzaman Badsha, Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation President Nazma Akter, Garments Sramik and Shilpa Rokkha Jatiya Moncha Convener Abul Hossain, and Bangladesh Trade Union Sangha General Secretary Chowdhury Ashikul Alam were also present at the event.

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