Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Tuesday suggested to its member factories to close their factory units under section 13/1 of the Labour act if the ongoing unrest situation deteriorated.
President of the apparel sector’s apex trade body Faruque Hassan gave the statement in a press conference on the day.
Thousands of garment workers have been protesting at major readymade garment (RMG) industrial zones since October 23 demanding Tk23,000 as monthly minimum wage, after the RMG owners proposed Tk10,400 at the Minimum Wages Board on October 22.
Currently the RMG workers’ minimum wage is Tk8,000.
Though the strike was peaceful, it turned violent on October 29, and so far two workers were killed during clashes with law enforcers.
They also vandalized factories and vehicles.
Faruque Hassan also said that member factories will implement the new wage structure for the garment workers by December as per the recommendation of the minimum wage board.
He also said almost every day, the factories are getting shut because of the ongoing unrest.
“If the situation continues for some more days, the factory owners will have no choice but to shut down their production units under the section 13/1, which states that no work no pay,” he added.
However, Hassan said the factory owners are trying to continue the operation even in the face of unrest.
Hassan also said the wage board has the time to announce the salary until November 30.
“We are getting ready to implement the new wage structure that would be recommended by the wage board,” he added.
Earlier, the government formed the minimum wage board for the garment workers April 9 this year to recommend the new wage structure for the garment workers.