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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...

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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...

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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...

SALARIES, FESTIVAL BONUSES

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...

Tuba owner to be forced to pay dues before Eid: Shipping Minister

Tuba owner to be forced to pay dues before Eid: Shipping Minister

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan has said that the government would force the Tuba Group owner to pay arrears, overtime bills and festival bonuses of its workers before Eid-ul-Azha. The labour leader also threatened that Delwar Hossain - the owner of the group would also be forced to reopen his five garment units to meet...

Ensuring fair trade in RMG sector

Ensuring fair trade in RMG sector

ON Eid day, as most Bangladeshis were enjoying joyful moments with their friends and families, some 1,600 workers of Tuba Garments factory were on a hunger strike in the capital demanding their arrear wages and festival bonus. While the news was covered by the major media outlets there was no action from the...

BGMEA asked to form emergency fund

BGMEA asked to form emergency fund

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday suggested Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association form an emergency fund to handle precarious situations like the Tuba Group workers' payment crisis. “It is my suggestion to the BGMEA to form the fund to face any emergency," Ahmed said at a press conference at the BGMEA office following the completion of payments to Tuba Group workers. The association yesterday distributed the salaries and overtime allowances of 1,417 workers of Tuba Group on behalf of its owner Delwar Hossain. Hossain sold off his land and machineries to arrange the Tk 1.4 crore that was needed. Ahmed also came down heavily on former commerce adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman for...

Tuba Group distributing July wage among workers

Tuba Group distributing July wage among workers

The authorities of Tuba Group have started distributing wage of July and overtime bills to its workers, who went on hunger strike since July 28 demanding three-month wages and Eid bonus. Hundreds of the workers of the Tuba Group gathered to take their due payments this afternoon at the headquarters of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers...

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