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4 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 March, 2018 12:28:14 AM
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Better price for RMG

CPD wants dialogue with buyers

Staff Reporter
CPD wants dialogue with buyers

Noted economist Prof Rehman Sobhan yesterday suggested that an international dialogue should be arranged with buyers and embassies concerned to hike the price of readymade garment (RMG) products. “The RMG sector should introduce sophisticated technology and adopt a new management model to compete with global competitors and ensure the price hike of its products,” Prof Rehman Sobhan , the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) chairman, said. He made the suggestion while delivering the concluding speech at a dialogue on “Ongoing upgradation on RMG Enterprise: result from a survey” organized by CPD at a city restaurant in the Gulshan area. The dialogue was moderated by distinguished fellow of CPD Dr Debapriya Battacharya.

The economist advised entrepreneurs to create workers and management systems of make global standards suitable for the 21st century as “the 19th century economic theory has changed”.

Addressing the gathering, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Md Siddiqur Rahman said in view of upgrading the lifestyle of workers, wages will be increased on the basis of the industry’s requirements and capabilities.

“We proposed to form a wage board in advance, considering the inflation and requirement of the workers. We provided yearly increments on the basis of basic wage of the workers. But during the past few years, the buyers have not increased prices, rather they have reduced them,” he added.

Rahman said the RMG sector was under pressure as owners had invested a lot to ensure compliance after the collapse of Rana Plaza.

Expressing concern, he said all the risks were taken by the owners while the retailers reduced the prices of products.

Every year, there was an increase in the administrative cost in all factories, but the growth was not in line with the expenditure, he noted.

About the minimum wage of workers in the forthcoming wage board, he said it would be fixed after a negotiation with the labour unions.

He further said workers were mainly responsible for forming labour unions in every factory. “But it’s a matter of regret that the workers have no idea about the responsibilities of a labour union,” he added. Former labour secretary Mikhail Shipard suggested that going for sectoral labour unions would be more effective. “The present form of the

labour union is not very useful due to the lack quality unions,” he added. About the initial research findings of the CPD, Shipard said the number of female workers would drop gradually with the industry adding new technology because female workers were not used to adopting new technology. He suggested that training should be organized for female workers to adopt new technologies.

He, however, hoped that the tally of female workers would increase as per demand in course of time. On his part, labour leader Shamsun Nahar said the wages of RMG workers should be as per the market price and the sector’s capabilities. Labour activist Babul Akhtar echoed Nahar on wage increase. Second vice president of BKMEA Fazlee Shamim Ehsan also spoke on the occasion.

 

 

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