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28 Apr 2020

The Daily Star

Bangladesh: Garment manufacturers association issues timetable to reopen factories

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"BGMEA issues reopen timetable", 26 April 2020

Ignoring the risks of contracting and spreading the coronavirus, hundreds of garment factory workers left their villages... to join work in Dhaka and its outskirts... after a section of owners announced that they would open the factories...

[T]he Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) directed all of its members not to ask their workers, who are currently at their villages, to return to Dhaka until a concrete decision was taken about reopening of factories.

"To keep the economy running and considering the overall situation, the BGMEA will advise you on opening of factories," it said in a general directive to its members... [T]he association advised asking only the workers who are living near the factories to join the factories...

"We don't want to lose our job. I wish the management provided us with transport," garment worker Aysha Begum [said]...

Meanwhile... 1,000 workers... took to the street... demanding three months arrears...