APPAREL SECTOR WAGE
Owners for not more than 20pc increaseStaff Correspondent
Apparel factory owners on Thursday gave their opinions for not more than 20 per cent increase in the minimum wage for workers as ‘this is consistent with the inflation.’
In an extraordinary general meeting of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association, the owners said that a unified code of conduct was a must regarding wages and all the factories — big, medium and small — need to follow the code.
‘We need to make a decision based on the present situation of the industry and also need to go ahead for a sustainable development,’ the association’s president Md Atiqul Islam said.
He sought opinions from members on the minimum wage for apparel owners.
Atiqul said that the association welcomed the new labour law although it was challenging the role of owners.
‘We also welcome the new wage board and we want to go ahead with workers,’ he said.
The association’s director Arshad Jamal Dipu, also the owners’ representative to the wage board, said that the proposal for the minimum wage would need to be prepared based on the socio-economic condition in the country and the efficiency of the industry.
‘With the consent of all members, we want to finalise the proposal for the minimum wage based only on the inflation. We want to give the internal wage adjustment process an institutional shape,’ he said.
Arshad said that the workers’ representative had proposed 170.47 per cent increase. The owners’ proposal would be placed on September 17.
The owners at the meeting said that it would very difficult for them to increase the wage as expenses had increased to ensure compliance.
The owners are now counting losses and there is no reason to increase the wages by more than 20 per cent, the Falcon Gropup chairman, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, said.
He said that a large number of people would become helpless if factories were closed. He said that if the wages were increased by more than 20 per cent, a number of factories would be closed.
Muzaffar Uddin Siddique, managing director of Simco Dress, said that all of the factories would need to follow a unified guideline regarding wages and more than 20 per cent increase would not be affordable.
Former BGMEA presidents Annisul Huq, Tipu Munshi, Abdus Salam Murshedy and Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin also spoke.
Earlier on September 10, the association held another extraordinary general meeting in Chittagong to finalise the proposal for minimum wage for workers.
The government on June 6 set up the six-member minimum wage board with retired district judge AK Roy as chairman and Dhaka University professor Kamaluddin Ahmed, the Bangladesh Employers Federation’s labour adviser M Saifuddin, Jatiya Sramik League executive president Fazlul Haque Montu, BGMEA director Arshad Jamal Dipu and worker leader Sirajul Islam Rony as members.
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.
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