Garment workers demand Tk 8,000 per monthNew Age Online
Politicians, academics and leaders of garment workers demanded fixing basic minimum wage for the garment workers at Tk 8000 per month, at separate rallies in the capital Friday morning.
Garment Workers' Trade Union Centre (GWTUC) and Bangladesh Garment Sramik Sanghati organised separate rallies in front of the National Press Club to press their demands of increasing wage and safety of garment workers at their workplaces.
Manzurul Ahsan Khan, labour leader and adviser to the GWTUC, said the garment workers were getting poor wages with which they could not support their families.
He called on garment workers’ right bodies to be united to compel the garment factory owners to agree to pay Tk 8,000 basic minimum wage per month.
Economist Anu Muhammad said at the rally of Garment Sramik Sanghati that there was no alternative to increasing basic minimum wage of garment workers to Tk 8,000 per month to secure their livelihoods.
The owners of the factory can easily fulfil the demand as they earn a lot of foreign currencies, he said.
Chaired by the president of the GWTUC Mantu Ghosh, labour leaders Shahidullah Chowdhury, general secretary of the organisation KM Ruhul Amin, Ziaul Kabir Khokan, Joly Talukder and others spoke at the rally.
The rally was followed by a protest procession that ended at the north gate of the Baitul Mukarram Mosque.
Taslima Akhter Lima chaired the Garment Sramik Sanghati rally where academic Syed Abul Maksud, politician Zonayed Saki and others spoke.
The rally was followed by a protest procession that ended in Dhaka University campus after parading different city roads.
Several hundred garment workers took part in the rallies with festoons and placards.
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