RMG owners fail to submit proposal for minimum wagesNew Age Online
Factory owners failed to submit their proposal of minimum wages for apparel workers to the wage board at its fourth meeting on Monday.
Worker leader Sirajul Islam Rony, also a minimum wage board member, told New Age that the factory owners’ representative Arshad Jamal Dipu did not place the proposal at the meeting.
He said BGMEA director Arshad Jamal Dipu said that he would submit the proposal in the next meeting of the board on September 17.
The apparel factory owners held several meetings in a couple of days preparing the proposal on workers’ wages but failed to reach a consensus on some issues, said BGMEA officials.
On August 24, the owners gave their opinions at a meeting on increasing minimum wage of the workers to more than Tk 4,500 from the existing Tk 3,000.
The government on June 6 set up the six-member minimum wage board with retired district judge AK Roy as chairman.
Sirajul placed the proposal at the third meeting of the wage board on August 18, proposing Tk 8,114 in minimum monthly wage for a worker.
The last wage board on July 27, 2010 increased the monthly minimum wage to Tk 3,000 from Tk 1,662.50, while workers demanded Tk 5,000.
The first minimum wage board, instituted in 1994, set Tk 940 in monthly minimum wage for apparel workers. The second, set up in 2006, set Tk 1,662.50 a month in minimum wage.
About four million people, mostly women, are working in nearly 5,000 factories in the export-oriented apparel sector that fetches nearly $20 billion 1 year.
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