Over 100,000 workers of 350 garment factories have not yet paid salaries to their workers albeit hectic efforts and incentive packages taken by the government.

Crisis Management Committees to monitor labour issue formed by the government at Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj districts found the factories in their monitoring, sources said.

The committees are monitoring the situation, sending updates to ministry and putting pressure on the garment owners to immediately pay the remaining wages.

“We find 122 garment factories in Dhaka who did not pay wages. We wrote letters to BGMEA and BKMEA immediately pay the salaries to workers,” Mohammad Aminul Haque, Director, Directorate of Labour and Convenor Dhaka Division told Business Mirror Saturday

Apart from that workers who are residing Dhaka are to be listed to the government ration card, Aminul Haque said adding ward commissioners are preparing list for those only who are locally voter.

“We are preparing database for migrant workers who  have been stranded at the locked down capital,” Aminul added.

Gazipur district found 120 factories who did not pay.

“Till today 120 factory owners did not pay. We are pressing them hard,” Md. Yusuf Ali, Gazipur Committee Covenor said.

He also told Business Mirror that the committee is also preparing list of other workers like rickshaw-van and day labourers.

Narayanganj Committee have not yet completed the list saying “We have found 50 factories and work is continues and we are afraid the 100 plus factories did not pay.” Md. Khorshedul Haque Bhuyian said.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment on April 12 has formed 23 ‘Crisis Management Committees’ across the country comprising field level officers of the Labour Office, Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments and owners of the factory to keep the labour situation normal during the COVID-19 crisis.

The committees is working on ensure timely payment of wages or salaries to the workers and employees. These committees also conducting joint inspection to resolve any labor dissatisfaction through tripartite arbitration, an official release said.

The committees will send weekly report to the ministry through their respective department every Thursday.

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