Garment workers reject Tk 8,000 minimum wage
Published : Saturday, 15 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 80
Readymade Garment (RMG) workers on Friday rejected the minimum wage of Tk 8000 announced by the government.
They staged a demonstration to protest the government decision and called for a review of the decision immediately.
The workers demanding Tk 16000 as the minimum wage said they would announce a vigorous movement if their demand wasn't met.
Several organisations of the sector staged demonstrations in front of National Press Club in the capital city and blocked Topkhana Road for half an hour disrupting traffic movement.
Taking part in the demonstrations hundreds of garment workers brought out processions and chanted slogans against the government decision.
Garment Workers Trade Union Centre, Garment Worker Odhikar Andolan, a platform of 12 labour organisations, and Garment Workers' Front held separate demonstrations.
Leaders of the organisations said they would announce tougher programmes if the government does not meet their demand soon.
On Thursday, the government fixed the minimum wage for the RMG workers at Tk 8000.
The decision will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification. Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, State Minister for Labour and Employment announced the minimum wage at a press briefing at his secretariat office yesterday after the fifth and final meeting of the wage board formed in January.