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No action if workers fail to join: BGMEA

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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BGMEA president Faruque Hassan said the employers will not take any action against the workers who cannot join their workplaces due to the current lockdown.

“No action will be taken against the workers and employees who are now in their villages and unable to join their workplaces until a complete withdrawal of the lockdown,” said the chief of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in a statement on Saturday.

He urged the BGMEA members to operate the production of the factories with the workers and employees who are currently staying near the factories. 

Earlier, the government announced to reopen production of the export-oriented industries from today (August 1).

“I am grateful to honorable prime minister and the government to take the decision of reopening export-oriented factories considering the necessity and the livelihood of the people during this COVID-19 crisis,” said Faruque Hassan.

“We have already started vaccination programme for the RMG workers considering them as front-line workers in this pandemic.” “I express gratitude to the government, especially honorable prime minister, for the support in this regard,” BGMEA president said. “We need to fully vaccinate the workers to continue the growth in the country’s garment exports,” he stressed.

“We have also urged the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and major buyer organizations seeking their support in vaccination of workers,” Faruq Hassan added.

The government, however, has relaxed the movement of public transports until 12 noon tomorrow for workers who are returning Dhaka, according to him.