The European Parliament delegation visiting Bangladesh asked how far progress has been in implementing labor laws in Export Processing Zones (EPZ), why workers are being blacklisted in the BGMEA database, why workers are not getting a living wage, why Bangladesh is not entering into a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU)—etc. want to know
It is known that the delegation of six members of the European Parliament asked to know about these issues during the meeting with the leaders of BGMEA and BKMEA, the organizations of the owners of ready-made clothing industries. The meeting was held at Gulshan office of BGMEA.
According to a press release of BGMEA, the European Parliament delegation included José Manuel García-Margallo, Sven Simon, Agnes Jongerius, Jordi Canas Pérez, Maximilian Krah. On the other hand, BGMEA President Farooq Hasan, Vice President Miran Ali, BKMEA Executive President Mohammad Hatim, Vice President Fazle Ehsa and others were present.
When asked, Mohammad Hatim said, “We have informed the representatives of the European Parliament that the workers are not being blacklisted in the database of BGMEA. Rather it is used to give them privileges. Garment workers are being paid livable wages by Bangladeshi standards. Garment industry workers are getting the highest wages except for two or three sectors.
This delegation of six members of the European Parliament has come to Dhaka to check how effective Bangladesh is taking steps to protect labor rights and human rights.