Garment Industry In Bangladesh

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As garment industry is a leading sector in Bangladesh economy and labor conflict is a burning issue at present, a good number of books, reports, articles and publications of different organizations are available. In course of conducting this project, a number of literatures in this regard have been reviewed. Siddiqi (2004) in his book ‘The Readymade Garment Industry of Bangladesh’ discusses the importance of RMG industry in the national economy and notes, the RMG industry has become so important that the future of the economy of Bangladesh is greatly dependent on this single sector. Any slowdown in this sector will slow down the economic progress of Bangladesh. He analyses the strength and weakness of RMG industry of Bangladesh and suggests…show more content…
He states, the living condition of RMG workers is worse than that of prisoners in Bangladesh. According to The Jail Code of 1920, livelihood requirements are decided for the prisoners confined in different jails of 7 Bangladesh. According to the current TCB price index for Dhaka city, the minimum cost of food items prescribed for a prisoner is Tk. 52.39 per day. The market price for the allocated amount of food for the prisoner is Tk. 1,571.70 per month. If the daily allotment of food amount is calculated for an average family in Bangladesh, it means the family would require Tk. 7,544.16 to have access to the same level of food items that are allotted to be consumed by every under-trial prisoner. This implies that the current minimum wage structure of the RMG sector is still below the cost of food for prisoners in different jails, writes Jakir. He also points that, ‘in recent years, in the face of unusual price hike, the government initiated special social security programs for rural workers. According to the program, considering the standard of daily wages of day laborers at Tk. 150 per day, their monthly wage stands at Tk. 4,500. Furthermore, while the productivity of the garment workers is more than that of the public-sector entry-level workers, the minimum wage of the workers of a similar level in state-owned industries denotes sheer…show more content…
He states, those who can take proper food and live in better environment can contribute more to the production than those are deprived of these. In respect of wage and living standard, the garment workers of Bangladesh lag far behind of those of China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Yet production is high in Bangladesh. The owners of garment factories should take it into consideration. He further points out another cause of labor unrest in the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh which is workers’ lack of feeling of ownership. How can they feel an organization where they are valued only for their work, where their job is not secure, where they have no right to say anything in any

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