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Bangladesh board to finalize RMG workers' wage on Nov 21
Nov '13
The Bangladesh Wage Board is set to finalize the minimum salary structure for ready-made garment (RMG) workers on November 21, 2013, announced Labor Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju after a recent meeting with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA).
The Government and the Wage Board will finally announce the minimum wage for the entry level RMG workers on November 21, where the Government would mention regulations for the workers as well as the owners, the Labor Minister said.
Mr. Ahmed Raju said the decision would be beneficial to both the workers as well as the employers and he urged the RMG workers to return to working in the factories, which were closed due to the labor unrest.
The market is suffering due to the strike and labor unrest and the Government has to remain cautious of this, as the garment industry employs nearly 4.2 million workers and they would become jobless if the factories remain closed, he added.
On November 4, the Wage Board had scaled up a minimum pay of Tk 5,300 for the RMG workers as its recommendation for entry level workers, which was a 76.6 percent hike from the existing consolidated wage of Tk 3,000.
However, the BGMEA and BKMEA representatives had disapproved the wage and demanded a review by threatening to shut down the factories, stating RMG sector was not capable of paying the proposed wage.
The board’s proposed minimum wage of Tk 5,300 includes a basic salary of Tk 3,200, house rent allowance of Tk 1,280, medical allowance of Tk 320, conveyance allowance of Tk 200, and a food subsidy of Tk 300.

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