Govt raises RMG workers’ wages
Demonstrators asked to return to work
Published : Monday, 14 January, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 157
The government has revised the wages of the agitating readymade garments workers responding to their demands. After the revision, their wages were increased by Tk 2,700 to Tk 5,527 per month.
As per the revised wage structure, Grade 1 employees will now get Tk 18,257 instead of Tk 13,000, Tk 15,416 for Grade 2 instead of Tk 10,900, Tk 9,849 for Grade 3 instead of Tk 6,805, Tk 9,347 for Grade 4 instead of Tk 6,420, Tk 8,875 for Grade 5 instead of Tk 6,040, Tk 8,420 for Grade 6 instead of Tk 5,678 and Tk 8,000 for Grade 7 instead of Tk 5,300.
The decision of further increment in the RMG workers wages was taken at a tripartite meeting of the government, RMG workers and workers' leaders held at the ministry conference room with State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian in the chair.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, Member of Parliament Abdus Salam Murshedy, Labour Secretary Afroza Khan, Commerce Secretary Mofizul Islam, FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman, former FBCCI President AK Azad, former BGMEA President Atiqul Islam, Jatiya Shramik League Executive President Fazlul Haq Montu, Garments Shramik Federation President Amirul Haque Amin, IndustryAll Bangladesh Secretary General Salauddin Swapan and other leaders attended.
After the meeting, Labour Secretary Afroza Khan told journalists that they have reached a consensus to increase and adjust the wages of the RMG workers. Both the parties have agreed with the new wages structure. Hopefully, the agitating workers will go back to their works soon.
Earlier, State Minister for Labour Munnujan Sufian announced the development and said wages for Grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 were revised.
The decision comes following direct instruction from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said a press release issued from the Labour Ministry in this regard.
Announcing the revised wages structure, Munnujan Sufian said that the government hopes this announcement will put an end to the unrest and encourage the workers to return to work for the sake of the industry.
She also hoped that Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), an apex body of the garment factory owners', will give an announcement of opening all garments factories shut due to the unrest.
In September last year, the government raised the minimum monthly wage for RMG workers by around 51 per cent to Tk 8,000 from Tk 5,300. The new wage took effect in December.
But when workers drew their pay in January, they found a huge discrepancy, triggering the agitation. During the protests, one worker died in Savar.
On the third day of the protest, the government assured the workers of addressing the discrimination in a month. The workers, however, refused to leave the streets.
The tripartite committee formed to resolve the labour unrest in garment industry has found disparity in three Grades of the workers' pay structure, and has started working to minimise the wage gap that sparked the protests five days ago.
The 10-member committee with representatives from the government, union leaders and factory owners said disparity was found in grades three, four and five.