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paid holidays are extremely limited, except for sick leave, general leave and maternity leave. And these were mentioned only by current workers, none of the retrenched workers citing the availability of such leaves.

(4) Wage structure

Payment system is summarised in Table 20.

Although fixed salary plus overtime

is the dominant payment type for both samples, it is clear that more retrenched workers than current workers received fixed salary without overtime. Given the fact that the retrenched workers did longer overtime, the exploitative nature of this mode of payment is obvious. However, if we look at average monthly wages including overtime for both samples, we see that the wages of retrenched workers (the amount they received at the last factory where they worked) are higher than those of current workers, i.e., Tk.2483 in the case of the former and

Tk.2073 average

in the case of the latter. wages are higher for

For both categories, operator and

the

retrenched

workers.

This

investigated with a more presented in Table 21.

through

survey.

The

average

monthly

helper, should wages

the be are

Fixed salary plus overtime

70

Fixed salary without overtime

23

Piece rate

7

Contractual

0

Total

100

Table 20. System of payment

Current workers

Retrenched workers 59 38 3 0 100

Table 21. Average monthly wages including overtime (Taka)

Operator Helper Total workers

2154 1006

2771 1354

2073

2483

Current workers

Retrenched workers

  • -

    87 -

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