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Tk.1191 is due per person, with the highest outstanding amount being Tk 5000.

Of the 100 retrenched workers, 81 are currently unemployed.

The other 19 are

engaged in work such as embroidery at home (15 cases), embroidery in a shop (3), as domestic servants (2) and other (1) (Two are engaged in more than one job.). Their current jobs entail less working time and less income than their former RMG factory jobs, so their income level has significantly declined, ranging now between Tk.200 and Tk.700 per month. Due to the loss of income, only 11 said they could contribute to family income, while in the past 87 of them had been able to contribute. Moreover, their contributions now are substantially reduced, whereas before the income of 49 of the workers (56 percent of those who made

financial contributions family earnings.

to

their

families)

accounted

for

more

than

half

of

total

How has the woman who Ninety-six of second most

reduced income level affected their livelihoods? said she experienced no problem, 99 cited

Except negative

for one effects.

these stated that reduced food serious consequence, housing

intake was the condition (68)

most lead,

serious.

As

followed

by

education of family members (10), savings (10), medical expenditures remittances (4) and relations with family members other than husband (2).

(5), As

the third-ranking negative by 40 samples. This was relationship with husband

consequence, taking loans from others was mentioned followed by impact on savings (27), remittances (7), (5), housing condition (4) and relationship with family

members other than husband (3). factory job has affected the workers

These replies show in multiple ways.

that

the

loss

of

their

The most severely felt problems are related to basic needs such as food intake and

housing conditions, and their worsened financial situations

retrenched workers as

workers to borrow from others.

well

as

their

households

to

improve

It will take a

their

financial

have forced many long time for the conditions, for the

job loss also interrupted the dynamic of mentioned in section 3 by making investment savings difficult, if not impossible.

the poverty in education

reduction mechanism of family members and

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