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Submit report on wage hike Oct 31


The Wage Board (WB) for the garment industry will submit its recommendation on wage hike for the RMG workers after getting the final proposal from the owners’ representative in the next meeting deferred to October 31.

“The owners’ representative was supposed to submit his revised proposal for fixing the minimum wage at Sunday’s meeting, but he couldn’t attend the meeting due to ongoing hartal,” WB Chairman AK Roy told reporters Sunday (27 October 2013).

The meeting was deferred until Thursday next (31 October 2013) as Arshad Jamal Dipu, owner’s representative and an independent board member could not attend on the ground of hartal and it has caused the delay, he added.

“We hope, the owners’ representative will place final proposal on Thursday and we will try to send our recommendation to the concerned ministry on that day,” Mr Roy said.

However, the labour leaders alleged that non-cooperation from the BGMEA and its dilly-dally are delaying the new wage hike announcement which might result in unwanted unrest.

Sirajul Islam Rony, representing the workers’ side, expressing his resentment said, “It is unfortunate that the owners’ representative did not come.”

The reason that he cited is illogical as all the garment workers joined their workplace Sunday in time and manufacturing of apparel is going on, he said adding “If the delay continues, it will send a negative message to the workers and nothing could pacify them.”

“October 31 would be the last day to place their final proposal, otherwise the workers will decide next course of actions,” he added.

There is no alternative to wage hike and the owners cannot escape by resorting to any tricks, he added.

Mahbubur Rahman Ismail, president of Bangladesh Textile Garment Sramik Federation alleged that the manufacturers are trying to linger the process taking advantage of the ongoing political situation.

“It reveals the lack of owners’ willingness and it’s not a good sign,” he said.

When asked, Arshad Jamal Dipu said, “I tried to attend the meeting but failed due to hartal.”

“If the gazette notification is made by November after completing all the procedures and wage hike becomes effective from November 01 then how it means delaying the process,” he said.

Sources said the manufacturers held meetings with the government authorities concerned to convince them to announce a reasonable minimum wage for the garment industry taking its affordability into consideration.

They said the BGMEA decided to propose Tk 4,500 as minimum wage and the final announcement might be Tk 5000 after government intervention.


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