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Minister assures new minimum wage for RMG workers
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Jul '10
Labour and Employment and Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain recently stated that, the government will soon be coming out with revised minimum wages for the readymade garment (RMG) workers.

He divulged that, they have already had successful discussions with the government authorities, apparel factory owners and workers and they anticipate that, they would soon be able to propose a minimum wage, acceptable to all.

The Minister made the above statements as he attended a meet with the US Ambassador to Bangladesh, James F Moriarty, at the Secretariat Office. Several topics concerning the two-pronged issues and collective interest were mulled over during the meet.

Government, in the wake of turbulences prevailing in many of the RMG units, has constituted a wage board under the leadership of District and Sessions Judge, Iktedar Ahmed, to work out the minimum wage, acceptable to all.

Till now, government has three times declared the minimum wages. The same for the very first time was fixed at Tk 600, at Tk 975 for the second time and lastly at Tk 1,662.

While the government has elucidated turbulences prevailing in the RMG sector as remote occurrences, the Minister informed that, such circumstances may occur at a point of time in the industry with 4 million workers working in 3,500 factories.

Also, he updated the US ambassador of the fact that, the government is mulling on formation of trade unions in RMG sector, so as to ensure workers of their rights as employees.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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