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Pay RMG workers by Oct 2: Govt

Pay RMG workers by Oct 2: Govt

The government today ordered all garment factory owners to pay the festival bonus and wages of their workers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. The festival bonus for Eid and Puja will have to be paid by September 28, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, the state minister for labour and employment, said after a meeting of the Crisis Management...

Fire at Dhaka RMG factory

Fire at Dhaka RMG factory

A fire broke out at a readymade garment factory in Mirpur-1 of Dhaka this afternoon. The fire originated around 5:45pm at the storeroom of Cordial Design Ltd housed on the third floor of an eight-storey building at Shah Ali Bagh area of Sector-1, Mirpur, Abdul Halim, deputy assistant director of Fire Service and Civil...

Tofail for emergency RMG fund

Tofail for emergency RMG fund

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today suggested the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to generate a fund for any emergency like Tuba Group workers’ payment crisis. Tofail was speaking at a press conference on the payment to the workers of the Tuba Group at the BGMEA office. The BGMEA paid the salary of the month of July and overtime allowances to 1,417 workers of the Tuba Group at the BGMEA office from 2:00 in the afternoon. “It is my suggestion to the BGMEA to form the fund to face any emergency moment,” Ahmed said. On re-opening of the affected five factories of the Tuba Group, Tofail said if the owner is able...

UNREST AT TUBA GROUP

Workers reject new wage date, continue demo

Workers reject new wage date, continue demo

The agitating garment workers of Tuba Group this afternoon vowed to continue their demonstration rejecting the authorities' assurance of payment of two months' wages on Wednesday.  Today, the seventh day of their mass hunger strike, they insisted that the owners pay their three months' due salaries and festival bonuses in full and immediately. The workers'...

Tuba salaries within 7 days: BGMEA

Tuba salaries within 7 days: BGMEA

The outstanding salaries and bonuses of Tuba Group, which is witnessing workers' demonstration since Tuesday, will be paid within seven working days, according to a BGMEA top leader. SM Mannan Kochi, vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA), made the announcement at a press briefing at BGMEA headquarters in Dhaka...

40 RMG workers fall sick in Badda demo

At least 40 workers of a garment factory who were observing a hunger strike since yesterday in an ongoing demonstration in capital's Badda area fell sick on Wednesday. Several hundred readymade garment factory workers of Toba Group started demonstrating in front of their factory there on Eid day yesterday. Among the sick, five agitating workers were taken to a local community clinic as their physical condition took a critical turn, a participant, Monir, told The Daily Star. Around 200 workers are observing...

Cops use water cannon to disperse workers in Badda

Cops use water cannon to disperse workers in Badda

Police today used water cannon to disperse workers who blocked a road in Badda of the capital for half an hour demanding arrears. Workers of Toba Group, a sister concern of Tazreen Fashion Limited, blocked Kuril Bishwa road around 10:00am, said Abdul Jalil, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station. The blockade creates heavy traffic congestion on...

Return of GSP seems far off

Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more to address the worker rights and worker safety issues that led American President Barack Obama to suspend trade benefits, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said yesterday after an interagency review. At the time of the suspension, the US provided the Bangladesh government with an action plan that provides a basis for Obama to consider the reinstatement of Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scrapped in June last year. “The...

EU for implementing RMG labour reforms

EU for implementing RMG labour reforms

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade, has stressed the need for implementing regulation on labour reforms in the garments sector of Bangladesh. At an informal OECD Ministerial Meeting on Rana Plaza Aftermath in Paris, he also said Bangladesh's labour law still needs to address restrictions on trade union formation and membership, no later...

Free RMG unions from suppression

Free RMG unions from suppression

US Senator Robert Menendez has urged the government and the BGMEA to take steps to end the suppression of fledgling unions of RMG workers to help keep 'Made in Bangladesh' brand shine globally. "If the BGMEA and Bangladesh government do not take immediate and concerted steps to end the suppression of fledgling unions, it...

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