Vested interests behind workers’ unrest, claims BGMEA President

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

13-December-2018  |  2 mins read

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The recent incident of workers’ agitation demanding implementation of the new minimum wage which has reportedly forced 50 readymade garment factories to stop production is allegedly influenced by some vested interest, reportedly claimed the President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Md Siddiqur Rahman.

“A vested quarter is behind the recent unrest at some 50 readymade garment factories in Gazipur and Ashulia in the name of dissatisfaction over new wage board ahead of the December 30 polls.” – Md Siddiqur Rahman, President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)

He said this at a media briefing in Dhaka recently while calling upon the agitating workers to not get influenced by such forces and go back to work.

“New wage board structure, which was approved on November 29, will be implemented from this month…Workers will get their salaries from January 7-10, 2019 as per the new wage structure. Then who are influencing them to abstain from works ahead of the ensuing national elections. We want support from workers. If they don’t support us then the industry will be ruined.” – Md Siddiqur Rahman, President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA)

The BGMEA head further reportedly maintained that if the workers and concerned factory owners are not able to sort out the problem, BGMEA is ready to intervene.

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“If they are unable to solve the problem, we (BGMEA) will solve the problem,” claimed Rahman while also calling upon law enforcement agencies to detain those who instigate factory workers.

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