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RMG workers’ minimum wage set at Tk 8,000

Published : Friday, 14 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 457

The government has fixed the minimum wage for readymade garment (RMG) workers at Tk 8,000 following the recommendation of the Minimum Wages Commission for the Garment Workers.
The new wage structure will come into effect from December after publication of a gazette notification. The employees and workers of the apparel industries will get their salaries under the new structure from January next year.
After holding a meeting with the garment owners and worker leaders at his Secretariat office, State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu on Thursday formally made the announcement of fixing Tk 8,000 as the minimum wage for the garment workers.
He said the new wage structure will come into effect from December this year. However, the benefits will be given in January next year with the salary of
December. Ministry of Labour and Employment formed the wage board for the garment workers in January 14 this year to avert unrest in the sector before completion of five years tenure of the pervious wage commission.
As per the previous wage board, the RMG workers are being paid Tk 5,300 as the minimum monthly salary. The apprentice workers are being paid Tk 4,300 at the entrance level.
He said the new wages have been fixed following the Bangladesh Labour Law, 2006 as there is a provision to re-fix wages after a five-year interval. The gazette in this regard will be published by December.
The Minister said 51 per cent salary was hiked from the previous wages structure and all the RMG workers will get Tk 8,000 as monthly salary from December. The basic in the new wage is Tk 4,100. There has been a 50 per cent salary hike compared to the previous times.
He said the minimum wage was Tk 1,662.50 in 2006, Tk 3,000 in 2010 and Tk 5,300 in 2013.
The garment owners proposed Tk 6,000 as the minimum wage while the demand from workers was for Tk 12,000. After bargaining, Tk 7,000 was fixed. But, both the owners and workers have not accepted it, the Minister said, adding finally they agreed to fix it at Tk 8,000 after a recent meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister held the meeting with both parties and fixed the wage, said Chunnu.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman and Wage Commission Chief Syed Aminul Islam, a senior district magistrate, were also present at the briefing.
The BGMEA President said the new wages of the garment industry workers have been fixed as per the decision of the Prime Minister.

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