September 24, 2021

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Govt-19 is there, but textile workers are returning to work

Business is not business, epidemic or epidemic. Despite a new wave Corona virus In the country, hundreds of thousands
Bangladesh It hit traffic this Saturday to get back to work. In fact the government has excluded the supply of factories
Major brands The new population was imposed on the whole population in Europe and North America. Authorities have ordered the closure of factories, offices, transport and shops from July 23 to August 5, with the number of new cases and deaths reaching record levels.

Officially, Bangladesh has recorded 1.2 million cases and more than 20,000 deaths since the onset of the epidemic, but experts estimate the actual number is four times higher.

Four million workers on the roads

Despite the imprisonment, the government has announced that the country’s 4,500 garment workshops, which employ four million people, could reopen from Sunday, causing a rush to industrial poles. Most influential, the owners of these workshops warned of the “catastrophic” consequences of not being able to respond in a timely manner to orders from their overseas customers.

Hundreds of thousands of workers returned to their villages to celebrateAïd al-Adha, The main Muslim religious festival, try to reach the capital Dhaka, some people do not hesitate to walk in the monsoon. As a sign of this exceptional arrival, tens of thousands of workers waited for hours to board a boat from the Shimulia ferry terminal, 70 km south of Dhaka.

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“Police conducted several checks and the boat was full,” said Mohamed Masun, 25, one of the workers, who left his village at dawn and walked 30km earlier, AFP was told. “Going home was a frenzy when the prison sentence was announced and now we face the same difficulties in getting back to work,” lamented another worker, Jubair Ahmed.

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Then the second textile exporter China, Bangladesh with a population of 169 million, the industry has become the cornerstone of its economy. Mohammad Hadem, vice-president of the Bangladesh Textile Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said the industry could lose nearly $ 3 billion worth of orders if factories were closed. “Big brands would have gone to other countries to get their products,” he told AFP.