Govt to enhance security measures in clothing industry
Wage issue ignoredNew Age Online
Shipping minister M Shahjahan Khan said on Monday the government will ensure adequate security to the crisis-ridden apparel factories so that the owners could reopen them as soon as possible.
He made these comments in a meeting with the garment factory owners and BGMEA leaders at the secretariat to resolve the ongoing crisis in the export oriented clothing industry.
The minister requested the factory owners to resume operation in their factories and urged the workers to join.
SM Mannan Kochi, acting president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association said, ‘We have sought adequate security from the government, so that all the garment factories can resume operation.’
Garment workers trade union centre president Montu Ghosh said, workers would go for strike if their demand for raising minimum wages to Tk 8,000 were not met.
The minister M Shahjahan Khan also said some quarters are active to divert the issue of the apparel workers’ demand for wage hike.
He said those quarters were also involved in creating disorders in the clothing industry.
The minister said he does not believe that the workers were responsible for the ongoing crisis.
The owners are proposing to raise the minimum wage by Tk 600 only and that the workers are demanding to raise their salaries to Tk 8,114 from Tk 3,000, the minister said.
Khan said: ‘We will consider both the proposals and reach to a resolution soon.’
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