The textile industry in Bangladesh has experienced a huge revival over the last five years.
The garment industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and the growth is attributed to the increased use of the cotton textile as a raw material in Bangladesh’s textile industry.
It is said that Bangladesh’s exports of cotton yarn rose by more than 2,000% in 2016.
According to the National Cotton Council, the country’s largest cotton trade organization, in 2016, Bangladesh exported nearly 2,500 tonnes of cotton.
With a growth rate of 1.9% in 2017, the textile industry is expected to grow to a total of 1,600,000 tonnes by 2026.
But, as the textile workers struggle to make a living, some garment workers have started protesting.
“We have been protesting for years, but it’s not the first time we have protested,” Ali, a textile worker, told Bleacher News.
“In the past, we would take a day off work and protest at the textile factories.
But now, it is different.
This is our job.
We do it because we love our jobs.”
In February, a group of workers from the textile mills in Dhaka protested, demanding a better living for their workers.
“After the factory fires, the workers were angry and had no hope of getting their salaries,” Khaled Khan, an assistant professor at the Bangladeshi Institute of Technology, told Business Insider.
“Now, they want the factories to reopen so that we can make our living.”
In a video of the protest, the protesters can be heard shouting slogans including “Our wages are not being paid,” and “Enough is enough!”
On Monday, the National Board of Direct Taxes (NBDOT) announced that the wages of garment workers would be halved from April to May to compensate for the increase in the value of the rupee.
In a statement, NBDOT said the new wage schedule will reduce the average monthly salary by 1,800 rupees ($16).
According to Khan, the union members who have been working in the factories for so long are feeling the pinch.
“I am here protesting to pay my salary and take care of my family.
The new wage will not help us get enough money to buy food and other essentials,” he said.
“Our families are starving.
They have been getting nothing,” he added.
The government has said it will increase the minimum wage by 30% to help the garment workers and their families.
However, the government has not set a timeframe for the change.
“There will be a decision to increase the wage at the earliest, if we get enough support,” Khan said.
“However, we need to make sure that our wages are adequate for the new working conditions.”
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