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their first RMG factory after 2000.

The share is higher among the retrenched

workers. retrenched

It can be said that there are more workers sample than in the other.

inexperienced

workers

in

the

The relatively high turnover of garment workers is generally attributed reasons. Some of the economic reasons are poor promotion (especially from helper to operator) and the attraction of higher wages

to various prospects and better

facilities

in

other

factories,

Family

related

reasons

include

such

things

as

marriage, childbirth, and sickness of family members. On average, the retrenched workers had worked at 2.3 and 2.4 factories, respectively.

current and Thirty-five

percent of current workers had experienced promotion, in 30 cases

being from helper to either operator or quality controller.

Some

current workers believe that their supervisor will lead to promotion in

work experience and desire the future. Although openings

73 to for

promotion percent of become a promotion

to supervisory positions supervisor is perceived by

are in fact limited, it many workers to be an

can be said that attainable goal.

becoming

a

(3) Work conditions

Regular working hours for 80 percent of current workers and 95 percent of retrenched workers are, or were, from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening. Overtime work was said to be normal, except for 15 current workers and one retrenched worker. Average overtime per day is 2.7 hours for the current worker group and was 3.9 hours for retrenched workers at the last factory where they

worked. overtime

Of the retrenched workers, the largest number, 36 persons, did 5 hours regularly. Of the current workers, 31 said they regularly worked 2

hours overtime. The workers left their job.

long

overtime

could

be

the

reason

why

many

retrenched

The harder working conditions the retrenched workers experienced are reflected

also in the lack of workers enjoy paid

paid weekly holidays.

weekly

holidays,

only

Whereas

43

percent

81 percent of the current of the retrenched workers

had that benefit.

Although most of the workers have Eid holiday with pay, other

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