Bangladesh to Revise Minimum Wage for Garment workers
The Bangladesh labour and employment ministry recently formed a panel by including representatives from trade bodies and labour organisations in its existing four-member permanent wage board. The panel will present its recommendations in six months on minimum monthly wage revision, after which the government will finalise the new wage structure.
The existing minimum monthly wage of taka 5,300 or $65 came into effect on January 1, 2014. Readymade garments (RMG) workers’ organisations in the country are demanding taka 16,000 as the minimum monthly wage, citing rise in cost of living and inflation. There are around 4,500 export-oriented RMG units with 44 lakh workers, mostly located in Dhaka, Ashulia, Narayanganj, Gazipur and Chittagong. These workers awaited the formation of a new wage board and look forward to the declaration of a healthy minimum wage with which they can support themselves, their families and lead a better life.