Bangladesh workers’ demonstrations halt production in 50 RMG units

by Apparel Resources News-Desk

13-December-2018  |  1 min read

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The issue of new minimum wage for the workers employed in Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector has a taken a turn for worse after around 50 RMG manufacturing units had to recently suspend operation in face of workers demonstrating for implementation of the new wage structure, claimed media reports.

According to the information provided by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in a recent press meet, of the 50 factories, 25 are in Gazipur and the remaining in Ashulia.

A group of overseas buyers of Bangladesh’s Ha-Meem Group were also reportedly caught up in one such workers’ demonstration in Ashulia.

“I asked the workers to continue the work as the management has been working on adjusting the grade and salary of the workers.” – AK Azad, Managing Director, Ha-Meem Group

It may be mentioned here that the country’s wage board after a long-drawn exercise, which witnessed several upheavals with stakeholders proposing diverse range of minimum wage, ultimately decided to fix the new minimum wage, expected to be implemented from this December.

In 2013, the minimum wage was fixed at Taka 5,300 per month, which was an increase from Taka 3,000, adopted in 2010 and now it is Taka 8,000. Despite worker unions’ demand for Taka 12,020 and employers’ proposal to seal the deal at Taka 6,360, the Government fixed Taka 8,000 as the new minimum wage.

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