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State minister informs parliament of RMG worker numbers

UNB . Sangsad Bhaban
23 Jun 2024 21:17:44 | Update: 23 Jun 2024 21:17:44
State minister informs parliament of RMG worker numbers
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There are over 50.17 lakh workers in the garment factories in the country and 55.57 per cent of the workers are women, State Minister for Labour and Employment Nazrul Islam Chowdhury informed parliament on Sunday.

He was responding to a tabled question of ruling Awami League MP elected from Bhola-3 Nurunnabi Chowdhury.

The state minister said that according to the information of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), there are 33,17,397 workers in the garment factories in Bangladesh. Among them 52.28 per cent are women workers.

Therefore, the number of women workers is 17.34 lakh.

According to Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) data, there are 17 lakh workers in the knit sector. Of which 62 per cent--10,54,157 are women workers.

In total, there are 50 lakh 17 thousand 652 workers in the garment industry in the country. Of which 55.57 per cent--27 lakh 88 thousand 616 are women workers, the state minister said.

Citing data from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the state minister said that according to the 2022 labor force survey, the total workforce in the garment sector is 43,16,000. Of which 37.51 per cent meaning 16 lakh 19 thousand are women workers.

In reply to another query, state minister for commerce Ahsanul Islam Titu said due to the adverse impact of Covid-19, the effect of the Russia-Ukraine war, global economic recession and price inflation in America and Europe, the main export markets of Bangladesh, the slow pace of export earnings is being observed.

Bangladesh's main export product, manufactured garments, has decreased in demand in the world market, resulting in a decline in export growth.

However, in countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Canada and Japan, the trend of export earnings from this sector continues to grow.