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Businessmen for anti-hartal law

Businessmen for anti-hartal law

Struck hard by the ongoing political stalemate, business leaders today called upon the government to enact a law against hartals and blockades that “cripple the country’s economy”. “We want anti-hartal and anti-blockade law. The government should formulate a law for the sake of the economy,” Kazi Akram Uddin, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers...

50 Savar RMG workers fall sick for unknown reason

50 Savar RMG workers fall sick for unknown reason

At least 50 readymade garment workers of a factory fell sick today for unknown reasons at Savar's Rajphulbaria area on the outskirts of the capital. Several hundred RMG workers demonstrated before the factory after the incident, our Savar correspondent reports. Doctors say the syndrome they all showed were headache, chest pain, vomiting and abdominal pain,...

Businesses demand security

Businesses demand security

Protesting the ongoing political violence, business leaders and exporters have sought an immediate end to the political impasse to keep the country's economy growing. The garment makers yesterday submitted memoranda to both the prime minister and the BNP chairperson in this regard. Before submitting the memoranda, they formed a human chain in front of the...

Businessmen hand memo to PM, Khaleda seeking respite

Businessmen hand memo to PM, Khaleda seeking respite

Leaders of different trade and labour bodies today submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking her attention to ensure trade-friendly atmosphere in the country. The memorandum sought prime minister’s steps against those carrying out violence destroying the trade-friendly atmosphere of the country and to ensure safety and security of ready-made garment (RMG)...

Editorial

Safety key to RMG success

SPEAKERS at the Dhaka Apparel Summit on December 8 agreed that workers' safety in readymade garments (RMG) factories remains one of the key prerequisites for ensuring Bangladesh's dominance in the global apparel sector. Guarantee for physical safety in terms of proper fire preparedness, field inspection and training of workers to tackle an emergency will have to become part and parcel of the way the industry is run. And it is not merely about more unionisation at the workplace, but...

Building blocks of garment industry

Building blocks of garment industry

Bangladesh earned $25 billion in garment exports last fiscal year, against all odds. That's a long way to come for an industry that began with the first shipment of just 1.2 lakh pieces of boys' shirts to German company MNR in January 1980. Bangladesh now holds around 5 percent of the $450 billion global garment...

Editorial

Tazreen two years on

IT is reassuring to note that safety conditions of factories have improved since the devastating Tazreen Fashion fire incident back on November 24, 2012. The credit for this goes to diligent inspection efforts by the two buyer-sponsored agencies -- Accord and Alliance -- assisted by the government, labour rights organisations and BGMEA. But we have to bear in mind the fact that improvement work is still in its initial stage and a large number of factories remain beyond any...

Editorial

Housing for garment workers

THE deal between the central bank and the BGMEA to finance low-cost housing facilities for garment workers is a right step towards addressing a problem, which has been long overdue. It is regrettable that the garment workers, whose hard labour brings a very large chunk of our hard currency, live in extreme squalor in the city slums as their employers cannot provide them with decent living quarters. And even these squalid shanties eat up a large portion, around 13 per...

Eye on $50b

Eye on $50b

Garment exporters are aiming to bring in $50 billion a year by 2021, provided that safety concerns would be eliminated, weak infrastructure improved and labour unrest gone. The sector, considered the lifeline of the economy, has grown in the last few decades, as far as “backward linkage” is concerned, but falls short on “forward linkage”, said Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). "Bangladesh will have to go for product diversification and innovation," he said.   Quoting a McKinsey report, the BGMEA chief said the country would have to develop skilled human resources, ensure adequate power supply, develop ports, improve work conditions and ensure healthy politics to take the...

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Tuba workers’ demo at BGMEA office

Tuba workers’ demo at BGMEA office

Several hundred Tuba group workers today staged a demonstration in front of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) headquarters in Dhaka demanding payment of their outstanding salaries and festival bonuses. The agitating workers gathered in front of the BGMEA Bhaban in the city’s Karwan Bazar around 1:00pm under the banner of Tuba Group...

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