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Friday, 18 April 2008

Garment workers, especially their children, have been suffering from malnutrition for lack of adequate food as the price rose beyond the purchasing capacity, reports UNB.

The garment workers’ leaders informed this at a press conference, organized by 30 garment worker organizations, at Krishak Sramik Samajbadi Dal office in the city on Wednesday.

“Health conditions of garment workers are getting poorer every day due to poor intake of scarce nutrition as price of essentials has gone up beyond the reach of ill-paid workers,” said Meer Abul Kalam Azad, general secretary of Swadhin Bangla Workers Federation.

He said the government had formed the last wage board for garment workers in May 2006 that fixed the minimum wage at Tk 1662.50 for the lowest of the seven grades. Since then the price of daily necessaries increased three times. How can they survive with the same poor wage, he questioned.

Referring to a survey report of Nagorik Sanghoty in March last year Kalam said around 60 percent of garment factories did not implement the wage board award. In a joint statement the garment workers’ leaders raised 3-point demand to the government.

The demands are refixation of wages in keeping with the price increase, introduction of rationing system for workers and dearness allowance immediately.

It warned of tough programme from national labour convention scheduled for May 16 marking the International Labour Day.

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