An apparel factory is on the verge of closure due to 'disorder' created allegedly by its trade union leaders.
Jeans Care Samilita Sramik Union backed by AWAJ Foundation is reportedly creating indiscipline in Jeans Care Ltd, an export oriented readymade garment manufacturers, at Tejgaon Industrial Area in the capital, a written statement said.
The statement issued by the director (administration) of the factory detailed that a number of labourers formed the trade union in May in 2014.
The union leaders do not work attentively and regularly, leading the factory towards the shutdown as orders from buyers have been decreasing to a large extent since last year, the statement said.
Jeans Care Ltd, despite having 700 employees and officials, cannot draw the attention of giant buyers-C&A, Madalan, Dunnes (UK) and Charlles Vougle (Germany)-as before.
Now, it depends on orders from non-compliant buyers, including Max (Dubai), Orchid (India) and Catmoss (India), to sustain, the statement adds.
The union leaders interfere in most of the activities of the management. Even, they veto in case of shifting an employee from one machine to another.
Many workers are forced to stop working without any logical and lawful reason while many were compelled to join meetings or seminars arranged by AWAJ Foundation almost every Sunday.
Complaints have been lodged with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Joint Labour Director, Tejgaon Industrial Police Station in this connection.
When asked, some employees of the factory told the Daily Observer on Thursday that they got their salary and bonus in time. Many of them have alleged that some leaders of the trade union sometimes force them to stop working.
When contacted, Mostofa Kamal, President, and Salma, General Secretary of Jeans Care Sammilita Sramik Union denied the allegations brought against the union. They said they do not create any indiscipline rather they act for the welfare of the workers.
They alleged they are not allowed to talk to workers during the working hours. On salaries, they admitted that the salary was paid in time but pointed out setback in 'increment' process.
Badrul Haq, Director (admin), explained that Bangladesh Labour Act-2006, Section 196 (1) discourages anyone to run trade union related activities during working hours. On increment, he said everything is being done as per the rules and regulations.