The government has planned to introduce piece-rate policy for the sweater factory workers to quell unrest and annoyance of 700,000 workers, who are not covered by the garment workers wage board announced in December last year.
After declaration of the garment workers wage board, the sweater factory workers demanded a separate wage board for them
Giving in to the demands of sweater workers, the government has decided to finalise the peace- rate for sweater factory workers and has formed a seven-member committee headed by Md Moshiur Rahman, acting chief inspector of the Department of Factories and Establishments.
The committee has been given one month time for submitting its report with suggestions to the Labour and Employment Ministry, said Mohiudding Ahmed Khan, Deputy Secretary of the ministry.
The government has asked the committee to suggest the rate in line with the garment workers so that no scope is left for unrest, he said.
The chief of the committee said they have started working and hoping to submit the report within the given time.
The sweater workers now are not enjoying the benefits of house rent, medical allowance, food subsidy, and transport allowance, said Baharane Sultan Bahar, President of the Jago Bangladesh Garments' Workers Federation.
The workers are now being paid on their production basis.
Besides, some factory owners pay poorer rate compared to the rate committed before the production, he alleged.
The wage board finalised Tk 5,300 as minimum wage with basic salary of Tk 3,000 for entry-level in garment sector.