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Paul-Majumder1996; Kabeer 2000).

In addition to immediate improvement in

income levels, resulting purchasing power, the

in the steady

improvement of diet, income provided by

housing conditions, RMG employment

and has

contributed to a dynamics of the

longer poverty

term improvement in reduction mechanism

their living conditions. The for RMG workers functions

through savings, accumulation of assets such as business and education of children and siblings.

land

and

housing,

investment

in

  • 4.

    Survey of Current and Retrenched RMG Workers

    • A.

      Survey design

In order to grasp the situation of workers after the MFA withdrawal, a sample survey of workers was conducted with the cooperation of a Bangladesh NGO called Nari Uddug Kendra (Centre for Women’s Initiatives, hereafter referred to as NUK). See Appendix for further information on NUK.

Information on two sample types, current and retrenched workers, was collected on the assumption that the impact of MFA elimination was likely to be perceived differently depending on whether the worker was currently at work or not. NUK has been engaged in various support programmes for RMG workers, and since the beginning of 2004 it has been monitoring the situation of retrenched workers. Their monthly reports, compiled from the information collected by their field-workers, were unfortunately not well maintained due to the transfer of the

person

in

charge.

Nevertheless,

the

rapport

established with workers and ex-workers has given

that NUK

the fieldworkers have an advantage in gaining

access, particularly to retrenched workers.

Due to time and financial constraints, the size of each, i.e., 100 current and 100 retrenched workers.

the samples is limited to 100 Since the number of samples

was limited, we did not try statistical sampling.

Instead, we have used purposive

sampling based on location of workplace and inclusion of both Export Processing

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