Stakeholders involved in determining the minimum wage for workers of Bangladesh’s RMG sector would submit their proposals to the country’s wage board on July 16, claims media report.
The decision was reportedly taken recently following a meeting at the office of the wage board in capital Dhaka. Attended by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman, Workers’ Representative and Permanent Representative Begum Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan and Fazlul Haque Mantu Mia respectively, and wage board Chairman Syed Aminul Islam among others, the concerned parties reportedly agreed to meet on July 16 to put forth their suggestions to the wage board.
It may be mentioned here that after almost four months to the first meeting, Bangladesh’s wage board, formed to fix the new pay structure for garment workers, was expected to hold its next meeting on July 8 amidst demands from workers’ representative to set the base wage for apparel workers at BDT 16,000.
However, BGMEA has already ruled out the possibility of BDT 16,000 as the new wage, saying it is an impossible demand. They said the new pay structure would reflect ‘both the requirements of a garments worker and the capacity of an owner’.
Three workers’ federations, affiliated to the IndustriALL, the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), Bangladesh Revolutionary Garment Workers Federation (BRGWF) and Akota Garments Workers Federation (AGWF), organised a rally in Dhaka on July 5 demanding a base wage of BDT 16,000.
Speakers at the rally while calling upon other labour organisations/worker bodies to remain united and play a constructive role in this regard, also criticised the delay in holding the next meeting of the wage board.