Factories terminating workers ahead of Eid: Labour rights groups

Some RMG factory owners are terminating workers to avoid giving bonus before the Eid-ul-Fitr, workers’ leaders said on Tuesday.

Addressing a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club, they claimed that more than 5,000 workers have been terminated from their jobs in several factories in Dhaka, Narayanganj, Savar and Ashulia since July.

Garment Sramik Sangram Parishad’s coordinator Mahbubur Rahman Ismail said only a few of the factories are reportedly giving the bonus to the workers until now, but the workers are getting much less than the amount they deserve.

Workers in some other factories are fearing that the bonus will be given only one or two days prior to the Eid, he added.

Speaking at the rally, Jago Bangladesh Garment Sramik Federation president Baharain Sultan Bahar urged the government to intervene in the matter and fix the bonus amount and the deadline for paying it to the workers.

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