Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre leaders called on the government on Friday to reconsider its decision to fix the monthly minimum wage for garment workers at Tk 8,000, which the craft union has found much lower than the expected.
While addressing a rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka, they repeated their demand that the wage should be at least Tk 16,000 considering the price spiral and increasing living costs.
GWTUC adviser Manzurul Ahsan Khan, also a prominent labour leader, asked the garment workers to take to the streets if the government ignored their demand, said a press release.
He also asked the government to stop oppression on workers and to ensure their rights to form and join unions.
Addressing the rally, Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim said the government declared a lump sum minimum wage to make factory owners happy before general election.
He asked the workers to get united to realise their demand.
GWTUC president Mantu Ghosh chaired the rally which was addressed, among others, by the centre’s executive president Kazi Ruhul Amin and general secretary Jolly Talukder.
Labour leaders said it would be difficult for 40 lakh garment workers to survive if the minimum wage was fixed below Tk 16,000 amid soaring living cost.
In January, the government formed a wage board for fixing minimum wage for garments workers amid labour agitations for increasing wages.
State minister for labour and employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu on September 13 announced that they were going to fix minimum wage at Tk 8,000 from the existing Tk 5,300 with effect from December.
Most of the labour bodies condemned the decision and requested the government to review its decision.
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