Dhaka – Labour and Employment Minister Raziuddin Ahmed Razu on Sunday said there is a provocation from Hefazat-e-Islami’s chief Moulana
Ahmed Shafi behind the ongoing labour unrest and anarchy in the country’s garment sector.
“A deep conspiracy is on against the garment sector. Cooperation from the garment workers is essential to save the sector,” he said when a
delegation of garment owners met him at the Secretariat at noon.
President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Atiqul Islam and President of Bangladesh Knitwear
Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Selim Osman led the delegation.
Indicating BNP men, the minister said some outsiders along with Shafi are also involved in the instigation behind the labour unrest.
Razu urged the RMG workers to join their works, or else, he said it will be difficult for the garment owners to provide salary and bonus
before the Eid-ul-Azha.
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) is now working to recommend minimum wage for the garment workers. The report of the wage
board regarding this will be placed in late October or early November, the minister hoped.
BGMEA president Atiqul Islam said they will accept the announcement of the wage board whatever it may be, which is likely to come in November.
He also urged the garment owners to pay the wages and Eid bonus of the workers well before the Eid-ul Azha. – UNB