No announcement made on layoffs of workers at garments: BGMEA
Published : Sunday, 7 June, 2020 at 12:44 AM Count : 213
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Saturday said its president Dr Rubana Huq did not "announce" anything about retrenchment of workers in the industry from June.
During a webinar on the industry earlier in the week, she rather casually stated that lay offs from June would be an "unexpected reality" which everyone must accept.
Amid widespread criticism, the apex body of the country's apparel industry released a statement claiming that the media did not present the matter objectively, reports UNB.
The Bangladesh Confederation of Labour (BCL), comprised of the direct stakeholders in any such occurrence, objected to the statement by the BGMEA president on Friday on grounds of "an irresponsible" attitude for having talked about prospective layoffs so lightly as inevitable, as if to normalize it.
"As an organization, we have no scope to make such an announcement. The BGMEA President expressed her deep concern over the decline in employment and possible layoffs," reads the media statement sent by BGMEA Acting Secretary Maj (Retd) M Rafiqul Islam.
According to BGMEA, the industry has seen a 14% decline in growth in the first ten months of the current financial year (July 2019-April 2020) which it says is the most negative growth figure for the industry in the last five years.
Moreover, within the period of May 1 to May 20, the RMG industry recorded a whopping negative 55.7% growth, BGMEA said.
RMG orders worth over $3 billion have been cancelled since March this year, they mentioned.
The BGMEA Secretary noted that there have been examples of factories running at 35% capacity, adding that even the larger factories are not able to use more than 80% of their capacity.
The data for the month of June suggests RMG factories are continuing production activities using an average capacity of 55%, as per BGMEA.