20,000 Brick-kiln workers still working in Singair...

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20,000 Brick-kiln workers still working in Singair

 Singair (Manikganj) Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:55 PM, 1 April 2020  

20,000 brick kiln workers under threat of Covid-19

20,000 brick kiln workers under threat of Covid-19

Nearly 20,000 workers are still working in more than hundreds of brick kilns in Singair of Manikganj, disobeying government directives on coronavirus crisis. 

The owners are continuing the works in brick kilns with no preventive measures. All the workers are working groupwise which is highly risky at present for spreading the deadly coronavirus.

Worker leader Kasem Ali said, “Company is not declaring holiday, so we are obliged to work.”

Reshmi, who is engaged in cooking for the workers, said, "I have been working for 6 months. Here is no holiday.” Female labor Shilpi said, “We are poor people. What we will eat if don’t work.”

Sohrab Hossain, manager of REP BRICS, said “There is no shutdown of any brick kilns in Singair. Lockdown is underway in the country. How the workers will go home? And what they will eat?”

Engineer Abu Sayem, Organizing Secretary of the Soil-cutting and Brick Kilns Prevention Committee alleged that “Even in this disaster, there is no awareness among the owners and workers. They are walking freely around the workplace and local shops. It increases the risk of coronavirus spread.” He demanded the urgent closure of brick kilns.

Brick Owners Association general secretary and proprietor of AAB BRICS, Abdul Kudus said the brick kilns would be closed soon.     

Singair UNO Runa Laila said there was no direct directive to shut down the brick kiln but no more than five people gathered in one place is prohibited. Necessary steps will be taken to close the brick kiln.