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
contributed to a dynamics of the
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.
Survey of Current and Retrenched RMG Workers
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
established with workers and ex-workers has given
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