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The updated Bangladesh Country Study is online. The study provides an overview of labour law, labour conditions and industrial relations within the Bangladeshi garment industry.
The Ready Made Garment industry in Bangladesh has seen a phenomenal growth over the past three decades. However, growing orders and limited government oversight, led to a neglect of safety issues at factories.
Garment factories in Bangladesh are also at high risk of violations such as unauthorised subcontracting, excessive overtime, the lack of a healthy social dialogue between employers and unions, and low wages.
The recent wage increases have had mixed results. While it is considered as a step towards a living wage for the workers, it falls short of attaining real living wages for them. In 31% of the factories that were audited by FWF between 2012 and 2015, the salaries of some workers were found to be below the applicable minimum wage levels.
According to stakeholders, 70% of the factories implemented the new wage structure while the subcontracting factories and small factories have not fully implemented it.