‘Compliance’ in the bangladeshi garments industry refersÂ to certain codes which guide the way companies should treat their workers, the wages the workers should be paid (currently what is agreed is below a living wage!) and how to provide safe working conditions. Well, those are the essential top of the list items….And from today, after years of foot-dragging, prevarication, procrastination and downright greed, the industry has to deliver.
From today things must change - so says the military-backed emergency administration currently in charge of the country.
And strangely we haven’t heard too many complaining squeaks from the owners. They are notoriously ostrich-like with their heads buried in large stashes of lolly….and refuse to see the social catastrophe that awaits if they get it wrong. Anyway, maybe in a couple of weeks, on St Valentine’s day, they will follow up by giving the women workers chocs and red roses?