The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) has paid the arrears of the workers of A-One (BD) Limited, a factory in the Dhaka EPZ (DEPZ) which was closed two and a half years ago.
Arrears worth Tk18.11 crore was paid to the workers at a programme organised by DEPZ on Monday, reads a press release.
Arrears of some workers were paid through pay orders while the arrears of others were deposited into their bank accounts. DEPZ Executive Director Abdus Sobhan handed over the pay order to them.
The workers were very happy to receive their arrears and thanked Bepza wholeheartedly for their continuous efforts to settle the payments due.
Earlier, the factory management announced the closure of the factory in February 2020 due to a lack of export orders and a failure to pay the wages of the workers. At the time of closure, 1,131 workers were working in the factory.
Bepza terminated the land lease agreement with the factory on 16 April 2020 due to its failure in paying the wages on time and assured that it would make arrangements to pay all the dues owed to the workers. Bepza managed to pay the dues of the workers by selling the factory through an auction.
Bepza is always committed to protecting the legal rights of workers and paying their dues fairly. In the past, it also made arrangements to pay the arrears to the workers of a closed factory in Chattogram EPZ, one in Adamjee EPZ, and one in Ishwardi EPZ.