BGMEA has decided to stop the recruitment of new workers in all garment factories across the country. This decision was taken in a meeting on Thursday. BGMEA has instructed members to hang notices of termination of employment at the gates of factories.
BGMEA leaders have also decided to close the factory as per the labor law if the workers do not enter the factory and work. Apart from this, the factory authorities have been ordered to file a case in the factories which have been vandalized in the last few days. The leaders have also asked BGMEA to give copies of vandalism photos and CCTV footage to the police station.
BGMEA President Farooq Hasan presided over the ongoing situation on Thursday.
It is to be noted that since October 23, garment factory workers have been protesting in different areas of Gazipur demanding wage hike. After that, the government announced the new wage structure. Not satisfied with this, the workers of several factories including Libas Knitwear, Hasan Tanveer Fashion started protesting at Chandna Chowrasta from Thursday morning.
So far, RAB has arrested 27 people on charges of vandalism and violence. Apart from this, the police have arrested several people including a leader of Kaliakair Upazila Jubo Dal. Two workers have died so far in labor police clashes during the agitation.
On November 7, the minimum wage of garment workers has been increased by 56 percent to Tk 12,500, the wage board has decided. This wage will be effective from next December. But some organizations of garment workers went on the streets again from the next day after rejecting the increased wages.