Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre on Monday besieged the minimum wage board office at Topkhana Road of Segunbagicha in the capital reiterating their demand for setting Tk 16,000 as minimum wage for garment workers immediately.
The union leaders said they would never accept minimum wage less than Tk 16,000 and they would form countrywide movement to meet their demands.
Executive president of the union Ruhul Amin while presided over the besiege programme said people from different quarters have supported them for setting Tk 16,000 as minimum wage.
He said country’s economists set the amount after calculation for a 4-member family.
Ruhul Amin warned of launching tougher movement if the government again tries to cheat with them as they did in the past.
He complained that police in different industrial areas, including Savar, Ashulia and Gazipur, threatened their leaders to abduct them if they join any movement regarding wage hike.
He said that the labour court issued a number of arrest warrants against RMG factory owners but the police did not arrest them after years but they arrested workers and their leaders without any case and later filed false cases.
The union general secretary Joly Talukder urged the government to appoint ‘real labour leaders’ as workers representative in the wage board.
She alleged that the government selects their ‘pocket men’ in the wage board who do not stand strong to uphold workers demand.
She said due to increase the living cost it had become impossible to lead a normal life with the existing minimum wage.
A six-member delegation of the labour rights group met the chairman of the board and handed over a memorandum supporting their demands.
After meeting with the chairman, Joly told the reporters said that the board was yet to start their activities as the government did not publish gazette.
The labour rights activists found ill intention of BGMEA as the trade body proposed the government to increase the wage but it did not mention any amount and specify any time.
The union president Montu Ghosh, organising secretary KM Mintu, among others, were present during the 45 minute besiege programme.
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