The President of the apex garment manufacturers’ body- The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) requested all entrepreneurs involved in the RMG business to ensure timely payment of wages and benefits to all the workers.
“I request the garment sector entrepreneurs to ensure timely payment of wages and allowances to their workers along with other required facilities,” reportedly maintained BGMEA President Md Siddiqur Rahman at a cheque-handover ceremony at the BGMEA headquarters in Dhaka recently.
As per the new wage structure, the base wage for a worker involved in the country’s apparel manufacturing sector has been fixed at Taka 8,000 from the existing Taka 5,300.
“…We have accepted it, and all others should accept it also,” reportedly underlined the BGMEA President.
Further to meet any contingency, the Government has also set up a central fund for the garment workers as part of which export-oriented factories must contribute 0.03 per cent of their total freight on board (FOB) product prices.
Having started collecting money for the fund from the RMG factory owners from July 01, 2016 onwards, a total of Taka 1.23 billion has reportedly been deposited in the fund so far, which has reportedly been equally distributed in two accounts, namely beneficiary account and contingency account.
The beneficiary account would reportedly provide grants for workers or their family members while the amount deposited in the contingency account is used to meet the dues of workers of any closed factory or if its owner fails to pay it.
State Minister for Labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu was present at the programme as the chief guest.