BGMEA has refuted allegations of by the Guardian blaming Bangladesh garment factories of sacking dozens of pregnant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to that, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) strongly disproved the report titled ‘We are on our own’: Bangladesh’s pregnant garment workers face the sack workers’ in the Guardian.
BGMEA said the report is not procedurally correct since it is based only on remarks from labor activists, and there is no regards for the RMG industry to assess and appreciate the huge efforts the apparel industry has made to guard employments of millions by upholding all safety precautions and hygiene standards.
BGMEA alleged the report quotes misleading figures and provocative statements appealing that, RMG manufacturers are using COVID-19 as a justification to eliminate ‘undesirable’ workers, whereas the complete situation tells a different story.
BGMEA also refuted the report’s claim that during lockdown hundreds of thousands of workers were not paid for work they had already done. The wage payment for the month of April, May and June was centrally coordinated by the government of Bangladesh, as PM of Bangladesh kindly extended timely support to the garment industry to digitally pay wages of the workers on time to keep the industry afloat.
Also, the RMG sector remunerated $539 million to workers who did not work for 25 days in April and partially May.
BGMEA also sought Guardian’s help to track the buyers from the UK and persuade them to reconsider their decisions to cancel orders.