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RMG workers reject minimum wage of Tk8,000, stage protest

  • Published at 01:58 pm September 14th, 2018
A garments and textiles workers' forum demands intermediate announcement to declare Tk16,000 as minimum wage, from a human chain in front of National Press Club, Dhaka on Friday, September 14, 2018 Focus Bangla

They say the decision is ‘unjust and illogical’

Readymade garment (RMG) industry workers have rejected the minimum monthly wage of Tk8,000 set by the government.

Agitated workers staged protests in Dhaka on Friday demanding the minimum wage be raised to Tk16,000, reports UNB.

Several hundred garment workers, members of the Garments Workers' Trade Union Centre, staged a sit-in in front of the National Press Club around 11:30 am, said Abul Hasan, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh police station.

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They also led a precession protesting against the government’s decision.

"Setting the minimum wage [at Tk8,000] for RMG workers is unjust and illogical," said Joli Talukder, the general secretary of the union.

She also urged the government to reconsider the decision.

Bangladesh is the largest exporter of readymade garment products, after China. The sector employs an estimated 40 million workers, mostly women, and contributes to more than 80% of Bangladesh’s export earnings.

Unsafe working conditions and low wages have long been a concern in the garment industry. However, the country has come a long way since the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, which killed more 1,100 people—primarily RMG workers.

The workers’ wages were last raised in 2013.