The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and MasterCard today launched co-branded credit cards for the BGMEA members and prepaid cards for more than 4.5 million garment workers.
The recent amendments to the Bangladesh Labour Rules have curtailed workers rights and the changes have largely been made ignoring recommendations of workers’ bodies, said labour leaders.
Garment workers protested in Mirpur today demanding a hike in wages. Violent clash ensued with the police afterwards.
Garment workers faced immense difficulty today due to shortage in transport on the roads amid the weeklong “strict lockdown” imposed by the government to prevent transmission of Covid-19.
Garment workers have received a fair share of attention over the last few years due to their poor working conditions, low wages and benefits, and inadequate facilities at their factories of employment.
More than 72 percent of the garment workers in Dhaka and Gazipur do not have any appointment letters, according to a survey conducted by Manusher Jonno Foundation, a non-governmental organisation.
Four garment workers die falling from the roof of a running intercity train after they were hit by an overhead girder at Raninagar upazila in Naogaon.
Hundreds of garment workers block a road in Mirpur-12 of Dhaka for three hours demanding compensation in fear of losing jobs due to relocation of their factory from Mirpur to another place.