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Working conditions in RMG improving

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Staff Reporter State Minister for Labor and Employment Mojibul Haque Chunnu on Wednesday said the situation of the garments sector workers has been changing with improved working condition in the factories. “The number of high risk factories has now come down to only 2 percent,” he said, addressing a workshop on ‘Garments Sector: Workers’ Harassment and Prevention of Violence’, which was arranged by Awaaz Foundation in city’s Cirdap auditorium. Expressing doubts on the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report, the junior labour minister mentioned that female workers constitute 85 percent of total work force in the garments sector. He asked: “How could they be harassed by only 15 percent of male workers?” Chunnu said the workplace condition was quite bad only a few years ago, but things have changed to a great extent. Recently, UNFPA published a report which shows 84.70 percent of female workers in the garments sector of Bangladesh get harassed in different ways. It also said 100 percent of the workers in the sector face harassment in some way or other. Speaking on the occasion, women leader Shirin Akhter MP said the female workers often hesitate to report the incidents of torture. “But, they should immediately inform such incidents to the authorities for halting the tendency of harassment and oppression in the work place,” she added. Chaired by Awaaz Foundation executive director Nazma Akter, the workshop was also addressed by Fair Wear Foundation Country Representative for Bangladesh Shatil Ara, Orient Group managing director Jashim Uddin Ahmed and lawyer Nahid Anjum Kona.