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German envoy asks to give garment workers fair wage

Published : Thursday, 10 January, 2019 at 9:50 PM  Count : 203

German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz

German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz

German Ambassador Peter Fahrenholtz has supported a peaceful and fair resolution of the ongoing protest by garment workers in Dhaka.

“Police shouldn’t suppress striking garment workers. It’s up to the factory owners to negotiate. Give fair wages and safe working conditions. Establish an accident insurance. Don’t hide behind the government,” Fahrenholtz tweeted on Thursday, reports

In another tweet, he said: “I am in favour of a peaceful and fair resolution of this conflict.”

Germany is one of the biggest buyers of Bangladesh’s clothes that get duty-free access.

The garment factory workers are continuing protests in Dhaka, despite the government’s decision to review their wage. The protest entered the fifth day on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and State Minister for Labour Monnujan Sufian held an emergency meeting with factory owners, labour representatives and law-enforcement agencies.

A 12-strong panel will review worker wage and follow up with steps within one month, Munshi had announced after the meeting.

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