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RMG workers announce 27-day agitation program
Jul '10
Almost a month-long peaceful agitation program has been announced by Bangladeshi apparel workers, to attract government towards their five-point demand, including the demand for minimum wage of Tk 5,000.

Moreover, the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Workers' Unity Council have urged for the amendment in labour laws, right to trade unionism, cancellation of the government's decision to form industrial policy, and ration, at the National Convention.

Currently, the minimum wage of Bangladeshi RMG workers is Tk 1,662.5 that was fixed in the year 2006. And, in the meanwhile cost of living of the workers has increased two-fold, stated speakers at the convention.

The workers will conduct seminars and discussions, during their 27-day agitation program, forming a human chain. They have given ultimatum that, if their demands will not be attained till July 27, their agitation will acquire aggressive mode.

Lack of access to the trade unionism created the recent unrest amid labourers, said the worker leaders, further adding that, the workers cannot express their frustration or anger over sudden shut down of their factories, exploitation, if there are no trade unions.

Such situations have forced them to agitate on streets to press home their demands. Workers say that, the labour unrest could pacify to certain extent if the government lifts the ban on trade unions' activities in the RMG sector.

Amendments should be done in the labour laws as few clauses of this law are against workers' interest, added labour leaders.

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