2020-04-05 17:20:56 BdST

DIFE asks owners not to lay off workers during virus crisis


Several factory owners are planning to continue operations by trimming their workforces in a bid to offset the economic implications of the coronavirus crisis, according to the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE).

Shibnath Roy, inspector general of DIFE, urged factory owners to refrain from laying off workers, considering that the government has announced a massive stimulus package aimed at protecting of workers and the industry.

He wrote to the representatives of the owner’s association regarding the matter on Friday.

With Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr approaching, any dismissal now will make it very difficult for workers to lead their lives while aggravating the crises wrought by the coronavirus outbreak which might be difficult to handle in future, he said.

“In view of the overall situation, factory owners are sincerely requested to stop cutting their workforces.”

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