Government committed to ensure labour rights: PM

MNA Business Desk: Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said her government is highly committed to ensuring compliance with regard to the readymade garment (RMG) industry, reported news agency.

“The contribution of apparel and textile industry to our economy is immense. We are highly committed to ensure compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in the industry,” she said.

She also said Bangladesh’s RMG industry has achieved higher compliance standards in terms of wages, workplace safety, norms, practices and harmonious industrial relations.

“There has been a 77% increase in basic wage. Assessment of all the 3,780 factories as recommended by global brands and retailers has been completed,” she said.

The prime minister said this while replying to questions at a workshop titled “Shaping a New Water Economy” in the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Congress Centre in the Switzerland city.

President and CEO of World Research Institute Andrew Steer moderated the workshop attended by heads of state and government of different countries participating in the WEF.

The prime minister said since 2015, Bangladesh government has been working with 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG), more specifically, to achieve 100% wastewater treatment and increase water use efficiency as per international benchmarks in our apparel sector.

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