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(1) Changes in workloads and wages

overtime and

production

90 percent of

retrenched

All the workers, whether current or retrenched, reported a decrease in the

workload after January 2005

targets.

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

24). would

Twenty-seven had been dismissed be needed to determine whether

significant.

Although

the

above

replies

must

be

interpreted

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.

However,

structures for increase, many

leaves and for pursuing workers have little choice

career but to

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