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47% RMG workers need urgent support amid COVID-19

Bangladesh apparel workers have been suffering immensely as the government-enforced shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus continues. And the workers urged for immediate cash support and food supply.

A recent survey conducted jointly by Brac James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH), Brac University and Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW) showed at least 47% of Bangladesh readymade garment (RMG) workers are now deprived of any earnings.

Figure: At least 47% of readymade garment (RMG) workers are now without any income amid the government-enforced shutdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The study also showed, 24% of them are on leave with full pay, and another 11% are on leave with partial pay.

A total of 159 apparel workers – 51% male and 49% female – participated in the survey conducted between April 3 and April 15 over phone.

Among the participants at least 35% said they had received no support, while 62% got some safety measures, including masks and only 9% received some economic support from their employers, including bonus.


The survey reached 1,309 persons between April 6-13, found 58% of households faced with a total loss of income, 29% with part loss and 13% with no loss of income.

Meanwhile, the government-enforced shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus has been extended to 5 May.

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