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Garment workers protest delay in fixing minimum wage

  • Published at 11:15 pm July 7th, 2018
The Accord and Alliance was set up after the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 to protect workers rights and their workplace Mahmud Hossain Opu
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The workers, under the banner of “Garments Workers Wage Movement”, began the human chain demonstration around 11am Saturday

Garment workers have formed a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club protesting the delay in setting their minimum remuneration at TK 16,000.

The workers, under the banner of “Garments Workers Wage Movement”, began the human chain demonstration around 11am Saturday, where the organization's president Lima Ferdous, Member Secretary Bahrane Sultan Bahar, and other members of the committee including Kamrunnahar, Md Mostofa, Md Masud, and Shireen were present, among others.

Speakers at the protest meeting claimed that the chairman of the wage board had been delaying the declaration of the new minimum wage for the last six months, causing anger and frustration among the workers.

The Wage Board authority, government, and garment owners will be responsible for any untoward circumstances once disgruntled workers begin their demonstrations, said a press release issued by the organisation.

The speakers urged the concerned authority to implement the decisions which were taken during the second meeting of the Wage Board on July 8.

It is to be mentioned that the government formed a wage board in January 2018 to set the salaries and other benefits of garment workers.