Bangladeshi workers who are mostly employed in the apparel factories in Mauritius earn low wages but they do not face any discrimination, claims Bangladesh High Commission in Port Louis.
Bangladesh High Commission’s labour attaché Ohidul Islam said that the government of Mauritius strictly maintained rules to remove discriminations in wages of the foreign workers employed in the country.
He said that the wage of garment workers in Mauritius was ranging in Bangladeshi currencies from Tk 12,000 to Tk 14,000 each. ‘But there is no discrimination of wages in Mauritius between Bangladeshis and other nationals.’
About the living standard, the Bangladesh labour attaché said that the garment workers of all nationalities lived in same dormitory in Mauritius.
The cook of respective countries prepared their own cultural foods for consumption, he said.
Ohidul also said that there were nearly 22,000 Bangladeshi workers including garment and construction workers employed in the Island nation.
Returnee workers told a workshop that Bangladeshi apparel workers in Mauritius were paid lower wages and provided poorer accommodations than the Indian and Sri Lankan compatriots.
Apparel worker Rozina Akhter of Faridpur went to Mauritius by paying Tk 35,000 to local broker to earn better wages from the garment factory abroad.
After landing in the country, she got job in garment but she was paid wage of Tk 10,000 only, she said.
She also said that the factory management compelled her to work two hours overtime daily but did not pay her extra wage.
Rozina Akhter also said that the company did not take responsibility if the workers faced any problems outside the garments, even if they want to go market to send money back home.
When asked, migration expert and WARBE Development Foundation Chairman Syed Saiful Haque said that the apparel factories in Mauritius were owned by the foreigners, mostly by the Indians.
The Indian managements recruit the highly technical workers from India and operators and lower skill workers from Bangladesh, he said.
Saiful Haque said that Bangladesh labour attache should look into the problems of the country’s workers and put those issues on the bilateral discussions for solutions.
Describing garment works better jobs than the domestic works, he said that Bangladeshi workers could find comparatively better foods in Mauritius than the Arab countries.