Leaders and activists of various workers’ organizations have staged a human chain in Savar to protest the layoffs and demand the reopening of closed factories including the laid-off workers.
On Friday (June 5) at noon, they held a human chain in the Savar bus stand area of the Dhaka-Aricha highway.
The laid-off workers said the factory was declared closed to curb the outbreak of corona. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the factory authorities laid off the workers of different factories during the closure of the factory. At this time, the owner is absconding by closing the factory without paying the fair wages of the workers.
They demanded the immediate reopening of the factory, payment of wages to the workers and reinstatement in employment.
Workers’ union leaders said many garment factories had closed their factories before Eid-ul-Fitr without paying their wages. According to the demands of the workers, the complaint lodged with the concerned department and the industrial police did not yield any result. So the workers are forced to stand in the human chain. They also said that the factory owners laying off the workers, but there is no reason for laying off the workers.
Rubina Haque, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), also spoke of layoffs. In her speech, the rate of layoffs is expected to increase further. This may increase the dissatisfaction of the workers. Therefore, considering all aspects, the labor leaders could not agree with this announcement. At this time the announcement is unreasonable.
Various leaders and workers of Garment Workers Front, Textile Garment Workers Federation, Savar-Ashulia-Dhamrai Regional Committee of Garment Workers Front and Garment Workers Unity Forum were present.
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