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BGMEA to brief media over labour unrest

  • Published at 12:14 pm January 13th, 2019
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Readymade garment factory workers demonstrate by blocking the road in front of Government Bangla College in Mirpur, Dhaka on Saturday, January 12, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

RMG workers have been protesting since January 6

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has called an emergency press conference over the ongoing labour unrest.

The press meet will be held around 12:30pm on Sunday, BGMEA authorities said in an SMS.

Amidst continuous worker unrest in the garments sector, the government decided to remove wage discrepancies in the new wage structure for Bangladesh’s apparel sector.

In an emergency meeting on January 12, the committee decided, in principle, to make necessary adjustments to plug anomalies in different grades of the wage structure.

On January 7, a 10-member committee was formed to resolve the crisis.

Why are the RMG workers protesting?

On September 13 last year, the government set Tk8,000 as the minimum monthly wage, with Tk4,100 as basic salary, for the country’s apparel workers. The new wage structure was implemented in December 2018.   

Ready-made garment (RMG) workers have been protesting in different parts of Dhaka—including Mirpur, Ashulia and Gazipur –since January 6,over discrepancies in the new wage structure.