24th Feb 2017

February 24, 2017

Some news highlights relevant to RMG sector:

  • State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque mentioned that the RMG workers who were dismissed in Ashulia incident will be taken back by their employers, their arrears will be paid and the Apparel Workers Summit will be scheduled at a later date. He also warned that the unregistered Trade Unions will be shut down.

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