Foreign employers do not show interest in hiring Bangladeshi male workers for jobs in their garment industries due to their past roles in raising trade union movements in the overseas countries, said officials and recruiting agencies.
Jordan, Mauritius, Bahrain and Egypt, major destinations of Bangladeshi garment workers, are keen to recruit only female workers for their RMG sector, they told New Age.
Bangladesh Overseas Employment Services Limited executive director Md Rashidul Islam said that foreign employers were not recruiting male garment workers from Bangladesh since 2008 as they were found prone to holding protest rallies and strikes abroad.
The labour laws in the destination countries did not allow holding rallies and strikes by the foreign workers, he said, adding that they were, however, willing to recruit more female workers from the Bangladeshi garment
Terming the garment workers as skilled labourers, he said that BOESL sends the female garment workers abroad only as their jobs were considered to be better than housemaids.
Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies joint secretary Shameem Ahmed Chowdhury Noman said that although female garment workers were being recruited by employers in Jordan, Mauritius and other countries, there was no demand for male workers
Bangladesh government should explore new destinations for male garment workers who are considerably better skilled and able to earn more money abroad, he said.
Managing partner of Al Rabeta International Abul Bashar said that some Chinese garment industries were keen to recruit a good number of skilled male workers.
According to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training, 390,000 workers have gone to work in Bahrain, while some 130,000 workers went to Jordan, about 50,000 workers to Mauritius and 23,000 to Egypt.
Although there was so statistics of garment workers, BMET officials said that a good number of female workers employed in those countries were employed by garment industries.
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