RMG workers worst hit by COVID-19 pandemic: survey

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:10, Apr 24,2020


RMG workers are amongst the worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic as they are the low wage earners of the society, said a survey.

Innovision Consulting and WebAble jointly conducted the survey as a part of ‘COVID-19 Impact Studies’ organised by Innovision Consulting.

The survey found that 15 per cent RMG workers did not have any cash in hand to support their household expenses. The remainder of those can support their families for only 16 days.

About 57 per cent respondents have another income earner in their households and 92 per cent of them no longer have access to that additional source of income, it added.

About 27 per cent RMG workers have reduced their food expenses putting nutrition of the workers and their children at stake.

About 20 per cent respondents have reduced purchases of essential proteins. If salaries for May are not paid, this amount may increase to 29 per cent. This is due to the compromise they have had to make on their regular expenses.

The study was conducted to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the economic, social, and physical health of RMG workers in Bangladesh.

In the study, 88 respondents (44 female and 44 male) representing 7 factories from Gazipur, Narayanganj, Mymensingh were interviewed.

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