RMG owners to clear Eid wages within Oct 24
The garment makers will pay a portion of the workers' current month's salary along with the festival bonus ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha in advance, although union leaders demanded the full month's payment by October 20.
Generally, workers get a month's salary within the first week of the next month.
This time, the owners have decided in consultation with the workers to pay a portion of the October's salary by October 20 or October 24, said Siddiqur Rahman, a vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
The garment sector, which employs more than 3.5 million workers, faces unrest before almost all Eid festivals as some of the owners delay payments.
The second biggest Muslim festival, Eid-ul-Azha, is scheduled to be held on October 27.
“We don't want any kind of unrest before Eid,” said Nazma Akter, president of Sammilito Garment Sramik Federation, a platform of garment workers.
So far no worker lodges any complaint with the federation regarding Eid payments, she said.
The government and the BGMEA should utilise the regional crisis management committees to monitor whether the salaries and allowances are paid before the Eid, she said.
Earlier, nine such committees in Dhaka and its adjacent areas were formed comprising government high-ups, BGMEA leaders and union leaders.
“We are taking preparation to start monitoring soon, said Rafiqul Islam, joint secretary to the BGMEA.
The union leaders are also monitoring the situation if there is any problem in clearing the payments before Eid, said Amirul Haque Amin, president of National Garment Workers' Federation, another platform of garment workers.
“We expect the government to call us in a meeting soon to reactivate the regional committees, so that we can start monitoring formally,” he said.