The BGMEA president also said a lack of unity between garment factory owners and worker leaders was a barrier to the industry’s development
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Rubana Huq has urged worker leaders to refrain from complaining about internal problems to foreigners.
"Foreign buyers do not increase rates even though our production cost has increased immensely. If you complain to buyers, then they get a chance to bargain and reduce prices," she said during a roundtable discussion on the national budget at the National Press Club on Tuesday.
The BGMEA president also said a lack of unity between garment factory owners and worker leaders was a barrier to the industry’s development, reports UNB.
“The BGMEA will take all necessary initiatives if workers inform the organization of their demands before lodging complaints with foreigners,” she added.
"The welfare of the workers reflects the industry's wellbeing. Do not cause any violence. I am with you," Rubana Huq said.
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Research Director Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem demanded increases to the budget allocation for garment workers.
"It will not require a huge amount. Community based development is needed in the industry," he said
Moazzem further said: “The time has come to raise our voices together in the demand for increased prices of products.”
Mahbubur Rahman Ismail, president of the Bangladesh Textile Garments Workers Federation, placed several proposals, including for starting a ration system for workers.
"We have submitted our demands to the Finance Ministry. We will submit these to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as soon as possible," he said.
ZM Kamrul Anam, president of Bangladesh Textile and Garments Workers League, also urged the government to increase the budget allocation for garment workers.