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Garment unit owners urged to develop trust with workers
Feb '11
The garment unit owners in Bangladesh have been urged by the rights' activists and international buyers' representatives to generate faith and confidence in their relation with the labourers and the employees, in order to avoid any sort of labour strife in their units.

President of Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik Jote Shirin Akhter recently stated that, a tried and tested way of developing faith and confidence amongst workers and employees, is to introduce a healthy trade unionism at the factory level. This would also ensure the workers' rights, she added.

Setting up of healthy trade union practices would also help the garment industry to develop a skilled workforce for the sector, she said. Also, she recommended all the industry stakeholders to constitute a joint monitoring committee to supervise the implementation of the new minimum wage structure at the factory level.

She even stated that, the government and the garment owners may jointly work to provide the garment workers with primary products like staples at subsidized rates.

She said this, while speaking at a seminar on the "Minimum Wage: Implementation Challenges and Way Forward" organized by the Multistakeholder Forum Bangladesh (MFB), at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre. The seminar was held to discuss the rights of the workers, garment businesses and status of implementation of the new minimum wage structure that became effective from November 1, 2010.

MFB functions with an aim to remove the obstacles, particularly environmental, social and the ones related with the production norms that come in the way of development of the garment sector. The final aim of the forum is to boost the societal and productivity status of the sector, to raise the quality of the products and conditions of employment of the workers.

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