It says workers need to be recognized as partners
The Centre for Policy Dialogue has called on entrepreneurs to recognize readymade garment (RMG) workers as legitimate partners of the industry. This would allow for the “social upgradation” of the sector.
The think tank made the call at a program titled “CPD Conference on Transformation in RMG sector in Post-Rana Plaza Period: Findings from CPD Survey” in Dhaka on Thursday.
“Workers have to be recognized as the legitimate partners in creation of value and they should be given a share in the enterprises where they work so they can be motivated ... agents in charge of their future and the future of the industry,” CPD Chairman Prof Rehman Sobhan said.
He said if they are made partners they will “work overtime in order to see that the factory keeps running and enhances its profits”.
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on ministry of textiles and jute, said the RMG industry contributes to more than 12% of GDP and 5 million people are working in this sector.
He said Bangladesh’s economy depends on the garment sector in terms of GDP, foreign exchange earnings, and employment.
He said following the tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse – that left over 1100 people dead and over 2,000 injured – Bangladesh saw a transformation in the area of safety and work conditions.