Bangladesh government has asked its apparel industry workers to resolve problems through discussions with factory owners and the government.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian conveyed the message to the workers while extending financial assistance among ailing industry workers from the central labour fund on April 9, 2019 at BGMEA Complex, Dhaka.
State Minister Sufian asked workers to remain alert against “troublemakers and instigators who neither want the benefits of the owners nor the labourers,” all the while calling upon them to concentrate on increasing production at factories.
Her comments come three months after the biggest labour unrest seen in recent times brought the apparel industry down to its knees, hampering production everywhere. The time too, there were talks of “instigators with vested interests”.
“The workers will get more assistance if production increases in the sector as more productivity means more exports and a healthy reserve,” Junior Minister Sufian said. She also urged the workers to maintain stability in the industry.
In total, 97 ailing workers received aid amounting to Tk 31.10 lakh and 87 wards of the workers received check of Tk 16.40 lakh at the programme.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman, acting Labour and Employment Secretary Ummul Hasna, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA) Vice President Mansur Ahmed, and BGMEA Vice President Mohammed Nasir were present in the programme.