As many as 387 export-oriented readymade garment (RMG) factories resumed their operation on a limited scale following the government’s move to tackle economic fallout amid the countrywide lockdown over coronavirus outbreak. “387 RMG factories have began operation in Savar, Ashulia and Dhamrai , outskirt of capital Dhaka, over the last two days on a limited scale,” Jane Alam Khan, assistant superintendent of Industrial Police-1, told The Bangladesh Post on Monday.
“Regulations from the heath authorities follows the factories reopen”, he said adding they were monitoring the factories. On spot visit to several factories in Savar and Dhamrai, workers were seen joining the factories and following health safety measures. They were seen washing hands before entering the premises and keeping distance among themselves.
In Ashulia, two factories – Next collection of Hamim Group and one of Sharmin Group, barred workers from joining their jobs. As the factories resume operation on a limited scale, a number of workers are being denied by the authorities from jobs, said Khairul Mamun Mintu, organizing secretary of Garments Sramik Trade Union Kendra.
A clear announcement by the factories authorities on whoever can join the work for now will remove the hassles to the workers, he added.