'Non-compliance' at RMG spawns discontent

As many as a fourth of the readymade garment factories do not pay salary and bonuses and provide other facilities as per rule, causing discontent among them, the commerce secretary says.

“Compliance issues are being modestly implemented at 75 percent RMG factories and the rest are not implementing the issues,” Golam Hossain said on Thursday.

He was speaking to reporters following the15th meeting of the ‘Social Compliance Forum for RMG’ at the commerce ministry in the city.

According to an agreement reached between factory owners, workers and the government, those factories that provide facilities like minimum wage, bonus, maternity leave, weekly and other leaves, are called compliance factories.

“It’s this non-compliance issue that often leads to discontent among the deprived workers,” he said, adding, “Not surprisingly those pent-up fury explodes from time to time and spill over to other compliant factories.”

According to the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association, there are around 5000 factories across the country.

The Social Compliance Forum was formed in 2006 to implement workers’ facilities in factories.

In addition, labour ministry, BGMEA and BKMEA each has a committee to monitor implementation of 26 facilities earmarked for RMG workers.

Commerce secretary Hossain said that the government planned to set up a garment industrial city over 300 acres of land next to an API Park, which is being constructed for medicine manufacturing, at Baushia in Munshiganj. A project regarding this is awaiting the ECNEC’s approval.

He further said that a policy would be formulated soon to move apparel factories from old and derelict buildings.

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