Bangladesh garment factory owners and workers have threatened unrest, unless steps are taken to end the ongoing political deadlock within the next five days.

"We've been forced to announce the agitation programme as the industry and the economy are on the verge of collapse because of the current political crisis," said Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA). 

The garment owners also threatened to stop workers wages at a human chain in front of the BGMEA headquarters in Dhaka yesterday (7 December).

More than 1,000 people, including garment owners, workers, representatives from linkage industries and civil society members took part in the demonstration, which was co-organised by the BGMEA, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA).

The supply chain of the country's key export earner has been severely affected by the frequent wave of blockades and shutdowns since October, enforced over the structure of the poll-time government.

"Lots of goods-laden containers are now stuck up in the Chittagong port, even after offering increased charges for transporting the goods to Dhaka, we're not getting any vehicles due to such shutdowns," a senior BGMEA leader told just-style. 

Nearly 300 garment factory owners marched through the capital's streets last week to draw attention to the impact ongoing unrest is having on the sector.