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Quader urges owners to be humane towards RMG workers

  • Published at 06:51 pm June 8th, 2020
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File photo of Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader Courtesy

Quader asked the transport owners as well as workers not to charge extra fares from passengers while operating maintaining health guidelines

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today urged the RMG factory owners not to terminate their workers and to become humane towards them amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

He came up with the call while speaking at a virtual press briefing from his official residence in Dhaka on Monday.

Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said the RMG workers have brought profits to their owners in good times but the workers’ getting terminated during the country’s difficult time would be a death knell, reports BSS.

Calling upon the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and other concerned bodies and groups to show humane attitude towards the workers, he said: “Do not consider it from the business point of view...I request you [factory owners], do not fire the helpless RMG workers, and be sympathetic towards them.”

About the movement of public transport amid the coronavirus pandemic, the road transport minister said although there are no allegations of charging extra fares from passengers on the long routes but there are complaints that bus fares have gone up in city areas.

“The transport owners, workers, and passengers all have to be conscious regarding this issue,” he added.

Quader asked the transport owners as well as workers not to charge extra fares from passengers while operating maintaining health guidelines.

Highlighting the government’s initiatives to fight Covid-19, he said the “fort of awareness” must be built at every household under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to prevent this deadly virus.

“...The cloud of the crisis will move away with our collective efforts,” he added.

The Awami League general secretary also urged doctors and staff of the public and private hospitals to be humane and sympathetic to patients amid this pandemic.

“We have seen reports of many patients dying while running from one hospital to another seeking treatment,” Quader added.’