Workers in Bangladesh are striking over wages and at least 55 factories in the Ashulia area have been closed indefinitely. With the workers absent, factories were forced to shutter.
“Managements of the factories where workers observed work abstention for the last nine days have been forced to declare their units shut from Tuesday according to provision of the 13(1) of labor law,” the Financial Express reported Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman as saying at a press conference in Dhaka.
The conference was called to discuss the current labor situation in Ashulia and what to do about it.
Workers last won a battle for better wages in 2013 when the Bangladesh government agreed to a 77 percent increase, bringing the minimum wage to $68 a month, but no hikes have happened since.
So far, BGMEA has deemed the work abstention illegal as workers did not act in accordance with appropriate procedures, like filing written demands with the factory or the government.
Those workers on strike will not receive any pay for the days they are out of the factory.
Bangladesh has been continuously making strides to improve conditions in its ready-made garment sector, and the World Bank said recently that it has the potential to become an export powerhouse if it can undertake efforts to boost its international competitiveness and productivity.
As part of efforts to do just that, a new testing lab for accessories manufacturers will soon launch to help Bangladesh improve its product quality with timely and reliable testing.
London-based company DP Rail also signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh Railway to finance, build and operate a new railway in Dhaka connecting with a port at Payra, according to the Financial Express. The railway is expected to provide a quick and high-capacity export route for garments made in Bangladesh.
Fulfilling the demands of fashion-forward consumers can be challenging in today’s retail market, but many brands are turning to influencers, including bloggers and designers, to heighten their clothing merchandise. From Target’s Victoria Beckham collaboration to Lidl’s Heidi Klum line, here’s who top brands are teaming up with to elevate their apparel offerings.Read more
eBay is gaining legs on other e-commerce players with its latest pricing initiative.Read more
Sears Canada might be the first shoe to drop for Sears Holdings, which still owns 12% of the business it spun off in 2012.Read more
It’s fun to find a steal at stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. In fact, the off-price purveyor prides itself on that very treasure hunt. Now, however, some are calling into question the actual costs of getting the consumer such sweet deals.Read more
Whether it's wages, workload or working hours, some countries are worse than others when it comes to workers’ rights.Read more
Première Vision will broaden its offer of services tailored for the footwear industry at its next show in Paris. Plus, back-to-school sales are expected to increase by four percent.Read more