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Zone (EZP) factories and non-EPZ factories.

In addition, the sample of

retrenched workers was collected using a snow-balling ex-workers with whom the NUK was already acquainted.

technique,

starting

with

The workers’ samples were taken from three different locations, Dhaka, Savar and Chittagong (Table 9). These three places are where most RMG factories are concentrated. Another area, Narayanganj, where knitwear factories are clustered,

was initially marked for collection of samples but was later dropped because knitwear factories were found to be better-off than woven-garment factories.

Thus 10).

the majority Since there

of samples are of workers at are differences in terms of

woven-garment factories (Table size and management between

factories located in, and outside work or worked in both types of

of, Export Processing Zones factory were covered (Table

(EPZ), 11).

workers

who

Dhaka

52

54

Savar

25

24

Chittagong

23

22

Total

100

100

Table 9. Female sample by residence Current workers

Retrenched workers

Table 10.Type of factory

Current worker

Retrenched workers

Woven

79

86

Knitwear

2

1

Total no. of factories

81

87

Moreover, although it would have been desirable to make a balanced gender analysis of the impacts by taking both male and female samples, given time and financial limitations, only female samples were taken. Also, preliminary information provided by the fieldworkers indicated that most retrenched workers were women.

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