US govt urged to ensure tax-free, quota-free entry of BD garmentsStaff Correspondent
A section of Bangladesh garment workers on Friday urged the United States to allow tax-free and quota-free access of Bangladeshi garments products to the US market.
They pointed out that some 77 countries but Bangladesh were given the duty-free access to the US market.
The plea for tax-free quota-free access to the US market was at a rally organised in front of the National Press Club on the eve of the visit of US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to Bangladesh.
The National Garments Workers Federation arranged the rally.
Hillary is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today.
Leaders of the workers federation also alleged
that some US-based
companies doing business in Bangladesh were indifferent to the rights
of workers, though they often speak workers’
rights and working environment.
The federation chairman Amirul Huq Amin presided over the rally addressed, among others, by its
central leaders Safia Parveen, Mohammad Faruque Khan, Sultana Aktar, Mohammad Kabir Hossain and Khorshed Alam Mamun.
Amin pointed out that US has been a major destination of Bangladeshi garments where nearly 48 per cent of its total RMG exports are shipped.
US-based companies sell a T-shirt at 10 dollars but they pay only 2 dollars for the same to Bangladeshi manufacturer, which is unjust, he said.
He called upon the US companies to raise the price of manufacturing so that the workers’ wages could be increased.
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