Bangladesh government has formed a new wage board for the RMG sector to formulate a new wage structure for apparel workers, which will recommend a minimum salary scale for the country’s 3.6 million garment workers within six months.
In 2013, after the Rana Plaza incident, the then minimum wage board set Tk. 5,300 as minimum wage with a basic of Tk. 3,000 for entry-level garment workers with a 5% yearly increment on the basic.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu said, “Trade union leaders were making demands for a new wage board. Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) previously urged the government to form new wage board for the sector”.
Mujibul also said, “We will set a wage for the workers considering the living cost and inflation rate and based on the capacity of the industry, a perfect wage structure will be declared after having a discussion with stakeholders”.
Nazma Akter, President of Sammilito Garment Sramik Federation, a garment workers’ rights group said, “We want the minimum wage to be set at Tk. 16,000 or $200 as the prices of basic commodities like rice went up abnormally in the local market.”
The board will be led by Senior District Judge Syed Aminul Islam as Chairman. BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman and Women’s Affairs Secretary of Jatiya Sramik League Shamsun Nahar Bhuiyan will represent the owners and workers respectively.
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