The Bangladeshi garment manufacturers have decided to reopen their factories at Ashulia industrial zone based on the assurances by the Home Minister Sahara Khatun of providing security.
The decision came at a meeting of the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association and different other chambers yesterday.
“After hours-long meeting with the home minister and other high-ups of the police department, we have decided to reopen our factories,” said BGMEA President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin at a press briefing at the association’s office in Dhaka.
He said owners of around 350 factories on the city’s outskirt, Ashulia, were suffering from a sense of insecurity following the two-day violence over a rumour of a co-worker’s death on Saturday.
After the workers rampaged through the area, the owners shut down their units, fearing any further unrest among the labourers, said Shafiul.
He urged all workers and others concerned not to pay heed to any rumour, saying any kind of violence causes huge loss as it disrupts production.
Replying to queries of newsmen about Kamrun Nahar Golapi, who was run over by a speedy bus during Saturday’s clash between police and workers, he said, “It was a blatant lie that she was killed inside the factory.”
“We are struggling to maintain a positive export growth from Bangladesh as two major markets –EU and the US — are going through troubled economy,” he said, adding any bad incident at this point of time would be destructive for the country’s garment sector.
Asked about the practice of trade unionism at the factories, he said the owners had already helped the formation of participatory committees from previous welfare bodies. “In future we will allow formation of trade unions,” he added.