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After RMG, now EPZ workers to get minimum wages board

Laws and rules for the workers of the EPZs and EZs are different from that of the industries in the domestic tariff areas

Update : 12 Nov 2023, 07:30 PM

Amid the ongoing tussle between the government and apparel workers over wages, a minimum wage board (MWB) has been formed for the employees of the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) and Economic Zones (EZs).

Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA) Executive Chairman Maj Gen Abul Kalam Mohammad Ziaur Rahman, BEPZA Member Ali Reza Mazid, Joint Secretary Morsheda Akter, BEPZA Executive Director Tanvir Hossain, Bangladesh EPZ Investors' Association Chairman Shadad Mosharraf Hossaion, WWA representatives Najrul Islam and Mukta are among the eleven-member Board, according to a gazette published on Thursday.

Laws and rules for the workers of the EPZs and EZs are different from that of the industries in the domestic tariff areas, outside the special zones.

A trade union is yet to be established, but factories in the zones have Workers' Welfare Associations (WWA) and the members become part of the wage board as per the Bangladesh EPZ Labour Act 2019.

As per BEPZA data, around 0.52 million workers are employed in the EPZs, of which 66% are women.

Exports from the EPZs increased to $8.5 billion in the fiscal year 2021-2022, and 54% of this export earnings came from the garment sector.

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