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Survey: Most RMG workers not members of any union

Update : 04 May 2014, 07:36 PM

A recent survey conducted on RMG workers by Democracy International, a consulting firm, found that most of the RMG workers who took part in the survey were still not members of any labour union.

87% of the respondents are not members of any labour unions, but 82% consider forming labour unions effective or very effective in solving the workers’ problems, according to the survey results.

However, 74% think that workers’ problems can be solved by asking BGMEA and the factory owners to help.

Focusing on the RMG workers in the greater Dhaka and Chittagong areas, Democracy International conducted the survey to have an in-depth understanding on labour issues, formation of labour union and activities, policy aspiration and political participation of the RMG workers.

Fieldwork for the survey was done between March 28 and April 6 this year.

By using multi-stage random sampling technique, a total of 1,508 RMG workers were interviewed during the survey.

Also, it was found that the respondents worked 10.09 hours each day on average. The average take-home salary is Tk7,341 each month and 82% of the respondents believe that safe working conditions are prevalent or very prevalent in their factories.

David Dettman, chief of party for Democracy International in Bangladesh, said: “Democracy International is delighted to continue to support the growth of an empirical public opinion research culture in Bangladesh.

“The garment sector is critical for Bangladesh’s economic future, and understanding workers’ perspectives can help all stakeholders improve their working conditions,” he said. 

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