Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati on 20 March urged he government to take steps to control house rent and price of essentials strictly. The price of daily essentials is increasing in a way which is not affordable for garment workers.
Also the organization demanded immediate shutdown of garments factories for a temporary period to protect RMG workers from the novel coronavirus.
Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati’s President Taslima Akhter, General Secretary Julhas Nayeen Babu and Organising Secretary Aminul Islam Shama made the demand in a joint statement.
However, Bangladesh Garment Manufactures’ and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA), has taken necessary measures to protect and to enhance awareness of readymade garments (RMG) workers amid the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
The apex organisation of RMG sector said about the safety measures of RMG workers at the densely atmosphere of RMG industries at a press statement issued on 20 March.
The press release highlighted that to enhance awareness among the workers all industry units will set up the printed copy of directives to prevent coronavirus issued by health ministry.
BGMEA directed industries to form safety committee, participation committee, and professional health and security committee to create awareness among the staffs of the units.
Industry units should be disinfected regularly and arrange efficient numbers of soap bars, hand sanitiser and other disinfection equipments.
BGMEA already opened a ‘Corona-control Room’ in tis Uttara office and 11 health centres in factories. The apex body increased its communication with hospitals and set up a hotline in its head office.