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The garment industry dominates Bangladesh's economy - but its workers often toil in dire conditions.
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2013 10:43
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Bangladesh’s garment industry is responsible for nearly 80 percent of the country’s exports - mainly to Europe and the United States - and is the country's single greatest source of economic growth.

An estimated 2-3 million Bangladeshis are employed in more than 4,000 factories all over the country, not including the thousands of sub-suppliers.

About 80 percent of the working force are women. Sub-suppliers often employ children under the age of 14, although this violates national law. Workers are often underpaid: many factories pay as little as 1,500-2,000 taka ($19-26) a month, though by law the minimum wage is higher than this. Workers often toil for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

Several clothing buyers have asked the Bangladeshi government to raise the minimum wage, but factory owners argue they will not be competitive against Vietnam, China and other big producers if they raise wages and would therefore would have to close their factories.

Riots by textile workers occasionally break out, leading to short-term shutdowns and often to injuries and fatalities among workers. Over the past several months, scores of workers have also been killed when fires broke out in garment factories.

 


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About 2-3 million Bangladeshis are employed in more than 4,000 factories, not including thousands of sub-suppliers.


Michael Biach/TRANSTERRA Media
Workers are often underpaid: many factories pay just 1,500-2,000 taka ($19-26) a month, though the minimum wage is higher than this.


Michael Biach/TRANSTERRA Media
Young kids in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, often work as delivery boys for sub-suppliers in the garment industry.


Michael Biach/TRANSTERRA Media
Sub-suppliers often employ children under the age of 14, although this violates national law.


Michael Biach/TRANSTERRA Media
Workers often toil for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.


Michael Biach/TRANSTERRA Media
Several clothing buyers have asked the Bangladeshi government to raise the minimum wage.


Michael Biach/TRANSTERRA Media
But factory owners argue they will not be competitive against Vietnam, China and other big producers if they raise wages and would therefore have to close their factories.


Michael Biach/TRANSTERRA Media
Bangladesh's garment industry is responsible for nearly 80 percent of the country's exports.



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About 2-3 million Bangladeshis are employed in more than 4,000 factories, not including thousands of sub-suppliers.
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About 2-3 million Bangladeshis are employed in more than 4,000 factories, not including thousands of sub-suppliers.
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Workers are often underpaid: many factories pay just 1,500-2,000 taka ($19-26) a month, though the minimum wage is higher than this.
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Workers are often underpaid: many factories pay just 1,500-2,000 taka ($19-26) a month, though the minimum wage is higher than this.
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Young kids in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, often work as delivery boys for sub-suppliers in the garment industry.
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Young kids in the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital, often work as delivery boys for sub-suppliers in the garment industry.
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Sub-suppliers often employ children under the age of 14, although this violates national law.
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Sub-suppliers often employ children under the age of 14, although this violates national law.
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Workers often toil for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

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Workers often toil for up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

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Several clothing buyers have asked the Bangladeshi government to raise the minimum wage.

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Several clothing buyers have asked the Bangladeshi government to raise the minimum wage.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Made-in-Bangladesh?image_id=06Go4H6gwk7uv

But factory owners argue they will not be competitive against Vietnam, China and other big producers if they raise wages and would therefore have to close their factories.

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But factory owners argue they will not be competitive against Vietnam, China and other big producers if they raise wages and would therefore have to close their factories.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Made-in-Bangladesh?image_id=0eNfcj4bahdtl

Bangladesh's garment industry is responsible for nearly 80 percent of the country's exports.

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Bangladesh's garment industry is responsible for nearly 80 percent of the country's exports.



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