Income of RMG workers in Bangladesh increases due to workload and overtime: survey
Their cost of living or housing rent rose 17% over a two-year period from 2020, while prices of rice – the most consumed item – rose 12%, according to the findings.
The results of the survey titled “The Life of Garment Workers During COVID-19”, jointly conducted by the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) and Microfinance Opportunities (MFO), were presented during a a webinar recently.
The income of workers in the RMG industry in Bangladesh in the first quarter (Q1) of this year increased mainly due to excessive workload and overtime, according to a report. latest survey, which found that the extra income, however, failed to give them relief or return to the pre-COVID situation as the cost of living has risen dramatically.
SANEM and MFO have been jointly conducting a series of surveys since March 2020 to better understand how the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh have evolved during the COVID-19 crisis. These surveys are carried out within the framework of the project entitled “Garment Worker Diaries”.
Legally, a worker’s normal working time is eight hours, and he can work an additional two hours as overtime.
When presenting the results, Farah Marzan, field manager of the Garment Worker Diaries project, said workers worked overtime not because they enjoyed it, but because they could earn more, according to an article. in a national English-language newspaper.
Before the pandemic, an operator was supported by three helpers, whereas today he has no such support, thus increasing his workload, she explained.
A selected group of 1,300 garment workers from Dhaka city, Savar, Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chittagong were interviewed weekly.
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