Presentation by Nivit Kumar Yadav of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) at the Anil Agarwal Dialogue 2015: Poor in climate change, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, March 11 – 12, 2015.
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Leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Workers' Trade Union Centre yesterday demanded budgetary allocation to introduce food rationing for 2.5 million workers in the sector. In a statement the Centre leaders said the government and the factory owners should create a joint fund to begin the factory-based rationing of food. Faced with soaring prices of daily commodities, they said the low-paid workers are struggling to meet their daily needs. The workers, mostly female, are enormously contributing to the national economy but their lives are at stake, they added.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said ready-made garment (RMG) workers are subjected to a variety of physical, chemical and biological hazards due to use of natural and synthetic materials in the factories. Wage discrimination, long working hours, unhygienic environment, lack of water and sanitation facilities and inadequate rest and sleeping time are causing malnutrition and many other health problems to garment workers, they added.