Call to invest more in workers' welfare | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 02, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 02, 2013

Call to invest more in workers' welfare

Welfare of workers is not a matter of benevolence rather an investment, said Hossain Zillur Rahman, a former adviser to the careta-ker government, yesterday.
He also said skilled and satisfied workers are an asset for a sector like readymade garments and textiles.
Rahman, also the coordinator of Chittagong Research Initiative, said investment in workers' welfare is a must to establish Bangladesh as an economically developed country.
He was speaking at an amusement programme organised by Base Textiles Ltd, a garment maker, to mark the first day of the New Year on the factory premises.
Welfare of workers is also vital for creating goodwill of the garment sector, Rahman added.
After the fire incident at Tazreen Fashions, the demand for investment in workers' welfare has become stronger, he said.
He thanked the directors of Base Textiles for organising such a festival for the amusement of the workers.
Garment workers are the real heroes behind the creation of Bangladesh as a brand, said Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, first vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters' Association (BGMEA).
BGMEA wants to build garment as a safe sector, he said, and praised the directors of Base Textiles for announcing the year 2013 as a 'Safe Year.
Shahadat Hossain, chairman of Base Textiles, and Nurul Huda Chowdhury, managing director, also spoke at the programme.
A camp for voluntary blood donation conducted by Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Chittagong was also organised on the occasion.

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