The authorities of Liberty Fashion Wears Limited on Sunday reiterated the demand for allowing resumption of the factory`s operations for the sake of its 5,000 employees and their family members export oriented company also sought necessary support and cooperation from the government, buyers and other stakeholders in this regard.
Liberty Fashion chairman and managing Director (MD) Mozammel Huq placed the demand at a press conference at National press club. He claimed that the operations of the RMG unit at savar has been suspended since June 2013, following an `arbitrary’ report on workplace safety by buyer company TESCO deployed firm Medway consultancy services (MCS). “Despite having all modern facilities and safety measures at our factory, the MCS’ arbitrary inspection report has created an adverse impact on it.” Following the suspension, the company has to count Tk 6.00 billion loss over the last 40 months, while the government has been deprived of a significant amount of revenue. “MCS did not follow proper rules and procedures while inspection the factory,” Mr Huq said.
He alleged that six representatives from tesco and Primark visited the Liberty establishments and urged the authority to sign an incomplete remediation plan before the operations were shut down. “Neither the remediation plan mentioned which parts of the building need to be repaired nor it gave any details about the possible impact on the Tk 3.5 billion export oriented business and the fate of its 5,000 workers.”
He mentioned that separate inspections by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and international Labour Organisation (ILO) found no fault in the establishment. But the buyers including TESCO , Primark and Accord have not been taking these inspection reports into consideration, he informed. The company also demanded resumption of its operations through a press conference in October 2013.