Garment workers vulnerable to poor living conditions: survey
Garment workers are still in a vulnerable position as they can hardly follow health protocols to protect themselves from the coronavirus, according to an article presented during a webinar yesterday.
The document, “Post Covid-19 sustainability challenges for the ready-to-wear industry (RMG): A study on Bangladesh,” said workers had to put their lives on the line by returning to their residences where they were. must live in crowded spaces and where distancing is difficult.
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âWhen they return home and use the shared toilet, sit and eat in common places, and use public transportation, the risk of coronavirus infection remains,â said Shuvra Dey Babu, who heads the one of the Beximco industrial park merchandising teams.
“From this point of view, it is very difficult for them to follow the rules of hygiene and physical distancing,” he said.
The paper, also co-authored by Swadip Bhattacharjee, assistant professor at Chittagong University, and freelance writer Arjita Saha, was presented at an international conference session titled “Business for Sustainability”.
The University of Dhaka hosted the event.
The researchers said Bangladesh’s RMG industries needed greener industrialization, as a huge amount of energy was used here for lighting and other maintenance purposes.
The implementation of advanced technologies is necessary to achieve sustainable industrialization, according to the study.
The research began in late October 2020 and ended in mid-November and researchers conducted the survey by phone, email and WhatsApp messages with 48 participants with the aim of uncovering the post-pandemic challenges in the clothing industry.
The local clothing industry began its journey in 1976 and is now the second largest exporter of clothing to the world market. This sector accounts for about 85 percent of Bangladesh’s total annual exports.
The growth of the garment industry has had a huge impact on the socio-economic development of the country.
Mohammed Farashuddin, former governor of Bangladesh Bank, moderated the event.