Bangladeshi Garment Workers Demand Hike In Minimum Wage-번역:김연주님

Bangladeshi Garment Workers Demand Hike In Minimum Wage
Monday August 14, 03:53 PM

DHAKA, Aug 14 Asia Pulse - Garment industry workers Sunday demanded the Wage Commission immediately increase the minimum wage for the sector.

They made the demand at a roundtable held at the city's Shaheed Asad Auditorium. ADVERTISEMENT
Gonotantrik Garment Sramik Karmachari Federation (GGSKF) organised the roundtable titled "Existing Labour Situation and the Future of Garment Industry". The meeting was chaired by GGSKF president Alamgir Ronny.

The workers alleged that the owners had failed to implement an increase in the minimum wage.

They said they feared that the activities of the Wage Commission would also stall during the term of the caretaker government, throwing into doubt the realisation of the pay rise.

The workers said they expected the announcement of fair minimum wage which would enable them to support their families, adding that the failure to implement such a rise risked further unrest in the already volatile sector.

Former president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Annisul Haq, who is also a member of the minimum wage commission, assured workers that the new wage structure would be announced within a month.

"The process of fixing the minimum wage is on. It's hard to exactly say right now what would be the amount. But BGMEA is concerned about the country's garment sector and trying its best to save it from getting into further trouble," he said.

He said exporters cannot bargain with their foreign clients on the prices of finished products due to the country's image crisis.

Recognising the need to boost the minimum wage for garment workers, Annisul Haq said the owners and workers were suffering due the nation's image crisis.

Former BGMEA director Md Nuruddin, director of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufactures & Exporters Association MA Baset and labour leaders Jafrul Hasan, Shafiuddin Ahmed, Abdul Kader Hawlader, Quamrul Ahsan, Nazma Akhter and Lovely Yasmin, among others, took part in the discussion.