No schooling but able to sign name
Secondary School Certificate
Higher Secondary Certificate
(3) Marital status
In terms of marital status, both samples show similar characteristics (Table 16). Around half of the workers are married with a slightly higher share of married women among the retrenched workers. The average age of marriage of current and retrenched workers is 18.9 years and 18.1 yeas old, respectively.
Table 15. Educational status
Although the sample size is too small to make any judgement, it should be noted that there are a greater number of current workers who are separated from their husbands. Separation, or abandonment by one of the spouses, is more often observed than legal divorce in the Bangladesh context. As has been mentioned, the RMG industry offers an important means of earning a living for women with
no financial support from a man. cannot afford to be unemployed.
Our data may indicate that separated women Since the period of being unemployed was not
very long at the time of our survey, further research is needed to longer-term effect of retrenchment on the marital status of workers.