A new platform of garment trade unions on Thursday demanded that the government set the minimum wage for apparel workers at Tk 16,000 and implement it within six months.
Garments Sramik Mojuri Andolan (garment worker wage movement), an organisation of 25 government-registered associations, made the demands while announcing its three-point demands at a press conference held in Dhaka on Thursday.
Lima Ferdous, convener of the organisation, said, ‘The minimum wage for the garment workers must be Tk 16,000 and it should be implemented within six months.’
She also demanded that a worker representative from the garment sector to be appointed as a member to the wage board.
The convener said that the workers’ sufferings worsened with the unrelenting price hike of the essentials and house rents.
‘The government in 2013 announced the minimum wage for the sector’s workers at Tk 5,300, which is not appropriate for the time as the prices of everything increased manifold,’ she said.
There are some 45 lakh garment workers who work from 6:00am to 12:00am helping the government to earn foreign currency and developing the country, she said.
Member secretary of the organisation Baharan Sultan Bahar said that they would organise a demonstration in front of the National Press Club before submitting a memorandum to the state minister for labour and employment.
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