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17 Feb 2021

National Garment Workers Federation

Bangladesh: Workers owed one year's wages & allowances call on Prime Minister to intervene in A-One BD factory case

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"A Memorandum Was Submitted to the Prime Minister's Office on the Initiative of the National Garment Workers Federation 1,100 Workers of A-One BD. Ltd. Demand Payment of 1-Year Arrears of Salary and Allowance and Opening of Factory", 21 January 2021

Italian-owned A-One BD Ltd. located in Dhaka EPZ is illegally closed. Eleven hundred workers have one year's salary allowance left. The workers have been working in the factory for about 20 years. The workers have deposited money in their provident fund for 20 years. In April last year, the authorities abruptly shut down the factory illegally. 20 years’ money of provident fund is not paid also. The factory has been closed for a year and the workers are living a dehumanized life due to non-receipt of salaries and allowances. A memorandum was submitted to the Prime Minister's Office on 24th January demanding payment of arrears of 1 year's salary and allowance, and reopening of the factory (The EPZ operates under the Prime Minister's Office)...

Without getting the due salary and allowance of one year, the 1,100 workers are living inhumane lives with their families especially during this corona-pandemic situation. The workers demanded to the Prime Minister to take the following steps: 1. We are seeking the intervention of the Prime Minister to prevent the factory owner from fleeing Bangladesh. 2. Illegally closed factories will have to be reopened, or, will have to pay legal compensation. 3. 1,100 workers will have to make arrangements to join the work with 1 year arrears of salary and allowances. 4. Provident Fund Money will have to pay to the Workers. 5. Maternity Benefits & Allowances will have to pay to the Female Workers. 6. The 1,100 workers of A-One BD. Ltd. are seeking everyone's cooperation...