More than 150,000 RMG workers lose jobs in Rana Plaza fallout: TIB

Over 200 readymade garment factories have shut down in the last one year, leaving more than 150,000 workers jobless as a fallout of the Rana Plaza collapse.

Published : 21 April 2015, 07:01 PM
Updated : 21 April 2015, 07:01 PM

Transparency International, Bangladesh on Thursday disclosed this finding emerging from a study on the RMG sector.

Eight-storey Rana Plaza, which housed several garment factories, collapsed on Apr 24, 2013, leaving at least 1,129 people, mostly garment workers, dead and over 2,500 injured.

TIB said small factories were facing the risk of being shut down due to pressure for improvement in working environment and rise in wages and political disturbance.

One-fifth of the workers now face the risk of losing jobs, it said.

TIB published the report, titled ‘Steps taken for establishing governance in RMG sector: Review of one-year progress’ at its office in Dhaka.

It said the irregularities and corruption in the garment sector was due to a lack of coordination among the government and other relevant authorities, negligence of duty, and political interference.

TIB found that though 95 percent of factories offered salaries as per the structure fixed by the government but the payment was not regular.