Recent Unrest in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh: Is this an Outcome of Poor Labour Practices?

  •  Chowdhury Hossan    
  •  Md. Atiqur Rahman Sarker    
  •  Rumana Afroze    


The RMG sector of Bangladesh has experienced disputes and violent protest by the workers in recent times. This
study explores the reasons for recent unrest in the garment sector. Since managers are mainly responsible for
applying human resource practices, this paper has given particular attention to their views on recent attitude
changes of workers. Results show that mutual understanding among workers and managers is absent in the RMG
sector. This study also states that high-work load, poor behaviour of line managers, low skills and low wage rates
are the notable reasons for high job turnover and social unrest. Poor relationship between workers and
supervisors is the main source of conflict. This study finds that there is growing demand for work life balance
among the workers of RMG sector.

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