Reasonable Wages for Workers to Eliminate Unrest in Bangladesh's Ready-Made Garments (RMG) Sector

Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series BDRWPS 17 (May 2013)

22 Pages Posted: 30 May 2013  

Mohammad Ismail Bhuiyan

University of Chittagong - Department of Sociology

Date Written: May 28, 2013

Abstract

This paper summarizes the main causes of unrest in Bangladesh’s ready-made garments (RMG) sector and how they can be resolved. It provides some background on the degree of unrest in Bangladesh’s RMG sector, focusing on six major unrests during December 2010 and June 2012 and provides some information on conflict resolution processes. The paper is based on interviews with RMG workers, management, and factory owners. It shows that low and discriminating wages are the main underlying factor of unrest in the RMG. Hence, wages should be given top most priority to evade unrest in the RMG factories, followed by the implementation of labor rights.

Keywords: Ready-made garments, wages, industrialization, Bangladesh

JEL Classification: J31, J81, O15

Suggested Citation

Bhuiyan, Mohammad Ismail, Reasonable Wages for Workers to Eliminate Unrest in Bangladesh's Ready-Made Garments (RMG) Sector (May 28, 2013). Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series BDRWPS 17 (May 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2271118 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2271118

Mohammad Ismail Bhuiyan (Contact Author)

University of Chittagong - Department of Sociology ( email )

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Chittagong, 4331
Bangladesh

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