RMG owners say
Challenges ahead to pay Tk 8,000 minimum wage
Readymade garments owners on Friday said they will face challenges to pay Tk8000 for entry level workers in the present circumstances due to falling prices in the export market.
As costs of doing business has increased due to maintaining compliances according to Accord and Alliance, prices are not being increased in the international market and owners need to pay higher interest on bank borrowing, it is tough for the employers to pay the newly declared wages in the entry level.
Shahidul Islam a former vice president of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said, "Our buyers are not increasing prices and currently it is in a vulnerable position."
He said the government declared minimum wage Tk8000 for raw hand workers who have no experience to work.
Islam said the entry level workers do not have idea about work or environment and the owners spend time to train them so in this circumstance it is a challenge for the employers to pay them newly declared wage, Tk8000.
Abdus Salam Murshedy, Member of the Parliament and a former BGMEA president said, "I first thank the Prime Minister that she has felt sufferings of workers due to low wages."
He said as the government has decided Tk8000 so it is a standard for the garment industry but at present it is a tough for many factory owners to carry on the declaration due to fall in RMG prices.