Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) sought 15 more days to submit the proposal on minimum wage for garments workers to the wage board.
The BGMEA committee formed to set the minimum wage was supposed to place the proposal yesterday.
BGMEA will hold views exchange meeting with the garment factory owners in Chittagong and Dhaka on September 10 and 12 respectively, seeking their opinion based on which the committee would finalise the wage proposal, said BGMEA Vice President Reaz Bin Mahmood.
“We feel insecure to propose the minimum wage as a section of so called trade union leaders are showing muscles,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. “Before fixing the wage, we have to be more confirm about the owners’ consent.”
In the last meeting of the wage board, Mahmood said a group of labour leaders tried to assault the wage board members.
Earlier, the leaders of garments workers placed their proposals to the chairman of minimum wage board, formed to fix a fresh minimum wage level for garment workers, proposing a minimum of Tk8,114 as monthly wages for the workers.
A minimum wage board was formed in 2010 and a new minimum wage, effective from November 2010, was defined in August. The wage board raised the minimum monthly pay for garment workers to Tk3,000 from Tk1662.50 per month. Wages increased by 67% to 81%, depending on job category.
The first minimum wage board, constituted in 1994, had fixed Tk940 as minimum wage per month for garment workers. The second one, formed in 2006, set the minimum wage at Tk1662.50 per month.