The recently closed three garment factories -Kwun Tong Apparels Limited of Adamjee EPZ and Lenny Fashions Limited and Lenny Apparels Limited of Dhaka EPZ – have paid dues to their workers.
The relentless efforts of the Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) made it possible to pay the dues after several rounds of discussions between the Executive Chairman of BEPZA and the representatives of those companies, said a press release here today.
The British Virgin Island owned Kwun Tong Apparels Limited had been operating business in Adamjee EPZ since 2006. But due to the global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the company declared the factory closed for not being able to run the business.
BEPZA asked Kwun Tong Apparels repeatedly to pay the dues of the workers of the factory. In this context, the company recently paid 18.58 crore taka to 5787 workers against their provident fund (PF) and gratuity.
Hong Kong (China) owned Lenny Fashions and Lenny Apparels Ltd. had been operating the RMG industry in Dhaka EPZ since 1999 and 2010 respectively. At present, the demand for woven garments has decreased and the orders from the buyers have also stopped due to the Covid-19 situation.
As a result, the two factories declared closed their business activities. 42.25 crore taka against the dues of 6730 workers has been paid due to the tireless effort of BEPZA.
BEPZA has been operating eight EPZs in the country through maintaining Workers-Management-Owner Synergy. The harmony between BEPZA and the workers-owners have become stronger by the arrangement of dues payment of the workers by the efforts of BEPZA, according to the press release.