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In the past at least 28 of the ex-workers had savings ranging between Tk.3000 and Tk.30000 which were used for various purposes, including lending to others, purchase of furniture, their own or their children’s marriage and investment in a

family business.

However now only three said that they had savings,

in

contrast

to the current workers, 67 of whom can save on a regular basis.

(4) Social effects of job loss

Family members of 58 of the 100 retrenched workers were interviewed to seek their opinions regarding the job loss of the RMG worker in their family. Fifty-three of them are husbands of ex-workers and the others are brothers (3), father (1) and mother (1).

As was the case for the families of the currently employed, these family members

were asked

to

give

respondents

too,

food

negative effects in order of significance. intake was overwhelmingly mentioned as the

For

these

area

most

seriously Housing followed

affected (50 answers), followed by education of family members (6).

condition topped the list (32 answers) of second-order by savings (8), education (7) and medical expenditures (7).

significance, In the third

order, having to take a impact on savings (15)

loan was mentioned and remittances (8).

by 21 family members, followed by These answers by family members

coincide with those given difference is the reference to

by the workers relationships with

themselves.

The

only

notable

family members, including spouse.

Although five ex-workers had said that their relationship with their husbands had turned bad and another five referred to worsened relationships with family members other than husbands, only one family member, and that a worker’s brother, mentioned a worsened relationship with the ex-worker.

General discussions with young or old, agree that asked if they knew of any

the ex-workers indicate that many money makes family relationships

workers, whether

peaceful.

When

case of a husband leaving after a woman lost her job at

an

RMG

factory,

they

answered

in

the

affirmative.

Information

about

marital

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