Bangladesh to Re­vise Min­i­mum Wage for Gar­ment work­ers

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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.

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