“We have decided after discussion with representatives that the garment factories will go on Eid holiday in phases from July 14,” State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said on Wednesday.
Kamal held a meeting at the ministry with the BGMEA and BKMEA leaders and the chiefs of law-enforcing agencies.
He said the decision to phase out the holidays up to the day before Eid had been taken to reduce pressure on the highways during the festival.
The factories would coordinate the holiday schedule, he said.
The state minister said the factory owners were asked to clear workers’ festival allowance beginning from July 10.
After a meeting with the ‘Crisis Management Committee’ comprising garment owners and workers on July 2, State Minister for Labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu said all garment and other factories were asked to pay workers their June salaries by July 10 and festival allowance by July 14.
After Wednesday’s meeting, Kamal said a committee had been formed to supervise salary and bonus payments.
“The committee will identify problems and take necessary action.”
It would begin working on Thursday.
He said the banks in the industrial areas were asked to remain open until July 15 to facilitate payments to workers.
RAB helicopters would patrol to ensure highway security in addition to the highway patrols of the law-enforcing agencies, he said.