Country Report Bangladesh January 1996 Main report

Industry & Energy: 11,000 under-age workers are found

The tripartite memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached last July between the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) and the International Labour Office (ILO) provided for the phasing-out of child labour (ie children under 14 years) in the garment industry as of the end of October (4th quarter 1995). The investigation team was reported to have found 11,000 under-age workers in 1,830 garment factories in Dhaka, Chittagong and Khulna. These children will be placed in a special education programme, while the ILO and Unicef are arranging for the families who were dependent on their wages to be given food aid. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Independent surveys of the total number of child workers in Bangladesh put their number at 3 million.

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