DHAKA – The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has accused Clean Clothes Campaign of presenting a distorted picture of the current labour rights situation in the Bangladesh ready-made garment (RMG) sector. The trade body claims information being put out by Clean Clothes relating to protesting workers being blacklisted and dismissed, “does not contain any data but is part of an ill-directed, perception-based propaganda.”
The spat between the parties relates to the response by factory owners to worker protests following last year’s minimum wage rise. NGO’s such as Clean Clothes have continued to claim thousands of workers were unceremoniously dismissed, blacklisted or arrested for their part in the protests. However, BGMEA claims distorted figures are being bandied about around these issues, as well as suggesting Clean Clothes and other NGOs are ignorant of the local situation in which many factories are struggling against a backdrop of rock-bottom prices from brands.