Hasina renews pledge to ensure workers' welfare
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the priority of her government is to ensure welfare of workers as labour-intensive sectors are important to the economy.
"Our priority is to ensure welfare of the workers as labour- intensive sectors like agriculture, garment and manufacturing are the backbone of the economy," Hasina said when a delegation of H&M, a leading Swedish garment importer from Bangladesh, called on her at her official residence, Gono Bhaban.
Karl-Johan Persson, chief executive officer of H&M, led the delegation.
Hasina said her government has taken steps to protect the interest of the workers along with industrial development in the country.
“The minimum wage for the garment workers has been raised 87 percent and we are strictly monitoring it," she said.
Hasina said the government is providing training to RMG workers to improve their skills so that they can earn more.
She also said the government has taken steps to ensure the safety of the garment workers. "We are also providing education to their children, while dormitories are being built for them in big cities, including Dhaka and Chittagong," she said.
The prime minister said 51 million people have been elevated to the middle class group, while inflation has gone down to 5.21 percent.
Hasina thanked H&M for buying RMG products from Bangladesh and said it is helping achieve economic freedom of the people of the country. She urged H&M to import more from Bangladesh.
There are 2,900 stores of H&M in 44 countries across the world.