80pc RMG workers happy with working conditions

Staff Correspondent

7 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Around 80 per cent of garment workers have perceived their workplace as good in terms of the working environment, lighting, emergency exits, washroom and canteen facilities, according to a study conducted by the Asian Center for Development (ACD).  The ACD disseminated the study report on Saturday.

The survey was conducted on 1,119 workers and managers from 320 factories. The survey also focused on the workers’ social and economic uplift achieved over the past four decades.

The report said around 8.3 per cent of female workers have given birth to a child in  a  year and they observed  that about  3.1 per cent of  workers were  eligible and have  enjoyed  maternity leave with pay.

However, the rest were not eligible to enjoy the leave with pay as they did not complete the eligibility criteria to be entitled to such leave.

“Under this situation, we suggest a careful study on the eligibility criteria so that a more humane rule can be set which may be a win-win for both the owners and the workers,” the report said.

On average, each family has more than two earning members. Their average income is between Tk 23,000 to Tk 37,000 per month. 

An individual worker earns between Tk 9,500 and 30,000 per month including overtime. On average,   a   worker works   for   8.5 hours  of overtime per week, the report added.

Talking about the access to financial services of RMG workers, the study found that nearly 67 per cent of the workers have bank accounts while 31.7 per cent of the workers also have accounts in an agent banking system.   

The   agent/mobile    banking   system   in   Bangladesh   provides   regular   banking services to their account holders through private   agents   who   are   generally   located   in   convenient store. 

Besides, nearly 43 per cent of the workers also have accounts with Bkash, a mobile-based money transfer service.  

Nearly 62 per cent of the workers regularly remit money to their home. Of them,   82 per cent use mobile-based banking services and 15 per cent still use the person-to-person transfer of fund, the study mentioned.

About the non-RMG sources of income of workers, the report said that About  57 per cent of  the  workers  do  not  have  any  other  sources  of  income,  while  43 per cent of  the  workers  have  reported  that  they  have  income  from  agricultural  activities  including  poultry,  livestock,  and fisheries.

Besides, it was found that 65 per cent of the workers have their spouse working in the RMG industry.