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BGMEA: Almost all factories pay bonus, wages

bangaladesh_ERP_SoftwareGarment owners’ association BGMEA claimed that 99.95% readymade garment factories paid festival bonus to their workers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr while most factories except two or three paid wages for the month of June.

“Ahead of Eid, 99.95% RMG owners have already paid festival bonus to their workers and most of the owners except two or three have paid wages for June,” said Md Siddiqur Rahman, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, at a press conference yesterday.

He said 75% of the factories went into vacation and others would close by 4pm Monday for Eid-ul-Fitr.

BGMEA president said they had received information from industrial police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police and commerce ministry that 350 RMG units might face trouble paying bonus and wages. He said after having that information, BGMEA had brought 1,200 factories under close monitoring.

Siddiqur said BGMEA inspected 1,319 factories and found 44 of them “problematic.” “Then we stepped to resolve the crisis in these 44 factories.”

Trade unions said at least 20% of garment factories had still not paid wages for June. However, they said almost all factories paid festival bonus.

“As far as I know almost all factories have paid festival bonus before Eid, but around 20% of factories have not paid wages for June yet,” Sirajul Islam Rony, president of Bangladesh National Garment Workers Employees League, told the Dhaka Tribune.

“Hope all the factories will pay the wages by today,” he said.

State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque earlier urged factory owners to pay bonus by 26 June and pay wages before Eid.

At the press conference, BGMEA expressed deep condolence to the family members of the Holey massacre victims, many of whom were involved with garment business.

In reply to a question, BGMEA president said: “It’s too early too comment on the attack’s impact on business. Still, it could have a little impact.”

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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