(1) Changes in workloads and wages
90 percent of
All the workers, whether current or retrenched, reported a decrease in the
workload after January 2005
A large decrease in
in terms of working hours, workload was reported by
workers and 55 percent of current workers. workers reported a slight increase and 30 workload.
On the other hand, 11 of the said there was no change
current in the
Asked if they had experienced a wage change after January 2005, 87 of the current workers said there was no change and the remaining 13 (2 quality controllers and 11 operators) stated that their wages had increased. The range of increase was less than Tk 200, with most (7 workers) reporting an increase of Tk.100. Except for one worker who works in a factory with 400 workers, these workers are employed in relatively large factories with more than 1000 employees.
(2) The timing and reasons for quitting the RMG factory
Almost all the retrenched workers left their factories within less than one year. The majority of them had been unemployed for two to three months at the time of the survey (Table 23).
Contrary to what I had expected, a majority of them said that the decision to quit
was their own (Table Further investigation
Twenty-seven had been dismissed be needed to determine whether
by the factory. this figure is cautiously, my
general observations continue their work in
lead me to believe that the workers basically garment factories as long as possible because their
want to earnings
are the most important source due to the lack of formal advancement, including wage quit.
of their power at home and in society.
structures for increase, many
leaves and for pursuing workers have little choice
career but to