Tanners mulling layoffs if utility lines cut

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 14 Mar 2017, 10:25:39 | Updated : 14 Mar 2017, 10:33:28

Tanners mulling layoffs if utility lines cut

Tanners mulling layoffs if utility lines cut
The owners of Dhaka’s Hazaribagh tanneries are mulling layoffs if the Department of Environment cuts the utility lines following a High Court court order.

The workers have expressed concern over the news of the decision discussed at a meeting of the owners.

They seek quick steps from both the government and the owners to save their jobs.

The HC issued the order to save the area from pollution. The owners moved the Appellate Division but failed to get the final order in their favour.

The Appellate Division upheld the order of HC to shut the factories by cutting the power, gas and water connections.

Bangladesh Tanners' Association and the owners of the factories at Hazaribagh sat on Monday to set their next course of action.

Association General Secretary Shakhawat Ullah said on Monday that the proposal of layoff was placed at the meeting.

"The Association executive committee has not taken decision but they are considering the option of announcing layoff," he said, adding that the owners will have "no option but to announcing layoffs if the utility lines are cut".

According to the Labour Act, “lay-off” means the failure, refusal or inability of an employer to give employment to a worker on account of shortage of coal, power or raw material or the accumulation of stock or the break-down of machinery."

Though the law stipulates compensation for the workers in case of layoffs, they allege they do not get the damages. – source bdnews24.com

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