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Apparel union leaders to workers: Return to work immediately

  • Published at 10:56 pm December 24th, 2018
Leaders of apparel workers urge the agitating garment employees to return to work at a media briefing at national press club on Monday; December 24, 2018 Courtesy

The union leaders made the appeal during a press briefing at the National Press Club on Monday

Leaders of apparel workers unions have urged employees not to hold demonstrations over the new wage structure and to return to work.

They also assured that they would resolve any dispute over the new pay structure, which came into effect on December 1.

The union leaders made the appeal during a press briefing at the National Press Club on Monday.

In his statement, National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) President Amirul Haque Amin said there have been sporadic incidents of workers demonstrating over the new pay structure since December 10. 

“We believe there may be some apprehension related to the new wage structure, but there is no point to launching such chaotic demonstrations until the new wages are paid in January,” he said.

Amin further said everyone was busy with the upcoming general election, and workers should not be involved in irresponsible activities at such a time. 

The NGWF president added that he thinks a vested quarter is taking advantage of unrest over the new pay structure to jeopardize the sector.

“If there is any dispute over the new wage structure it will be resolved after the election, and we are ready to work in this regard,” Amin said.    

The union leaders also said they would not take responsibility if workers faced police action for causing anarchy by continuing demonstrations.

 “As far as we know, no demonstration or work abstention occurred in factories where there are trade unions. This proves that there is no involvement of union leaders in the recent protests,” Amin added.

Earlier, State Minister for Labor and Employment Md Mujibul Haque and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman had also assured RMG workers that they would resolve any issues with the new wage structure after the election.

“There may be confusion regarding the new structure wage and it will be cleared when the workers will receive salaries as per the new structure in January next year. If any problem arises it will be resolved through negotiation,” said Mujibul.

On September 13, the Bangladesh government set Tk8,000 as the minimum monthly wage for RMG workers, with Tk4,100 as basic salary. 

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