Garment factory owners will introduce digital salary disbursement to ensure female workers get full ownership of their earnings and more transparency in payment, said Rubana Huq, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Female workers do not always see their hard-earned money come to them; they are either extorted of the sum or their guardians, which mostly happens to be their husbands or brothers, gets hold of it. The digitised payment will start on a pilot basis ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, said Huq at a discussion styled “creating the business case of MFS based wage digitisation in the garment sector”, organised by International Finance Corporation (IFC) at the capital’s Amari Hotel.
“I can say that all 35 members of the current BGMEA board of directors will start paying digitally from the Eid-ul-Azha. We will motivate the other factory owners to do the same as soon as possible,” she said.
The BGMEA will sign an agreement on Thursday with the ICT ministry to introduce e-wallets for the garment workers.