State Minister for Labour and Employment M Muzibul Haq on Thursday urged apparels factory owners to pay bonus of workers by August 16.
He also urged the owners to pay partial salary of the current month by August 19 of this month for celebrating Eid-ul Azha.
The State Minister made the call while addressing the 37th meeting of the Crisis Management Core Committee at the ministry conference room here.
The State Minister said as the holy Eid-ul Azha would be celebrated on Aug 22 or 23, the factory owners are requested to pay their workers salary within 19 of this month.
He also said the garment owners should pay salary of 10-15 days of the current month so that workers could celebrate their Eid.
The labour minister, however, told the meeting that there is no problem regarding the payment of salary and bonus in the factories run under compliance, but it can be a problem for a few small factories.
The Labour and Employment Ministry, Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), Industrial Police, BGMEA, BKMEA and different labour organisations will closely monitor this situation, the minister added.
Leaders from different ministries, agencies and labour organisations including Labour and Employment Secretary Afroza Khan, Additional Secretary of the Commerce Ministry Tapan Kanti Gosh, Director General of the Industrial Police Abdus Salam, Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments M Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan, Director General of the Department of Labour Shibnath Roy, BGMEA vice-president SM Abdul Mannan Kotchi, BKMEA vice-president Mostafa Zaman Pasha, Garments Workers United Federation President Roy Ramesh Chandra, Garments Sramik Karmachari League President Lima Ferdous and Bangladesh Jatiya Garment Sramik Kormochari League President Sirajul Islam Rony were also present.-BSS