Rejecting the fixation of minimum wage at Tk 8,000 by the government, readymade garment (RMG) workers on Friday staged demonstrations in the capital and demanded Tk 16,000 as minimum wage.
Several hundred garment workers under the banner of ‘Garments Workers’ Trade Union Centre’ a platform of RMG workers, staged sit-in in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka around 11:30 am, said Abul Hasan, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station.
They also brought out a precession protesting the government decision.
Speaking at the rally, Joli Talukder, general secretary of the union, said, “The fixation of minimum wage for RMG workers is unjust and illogical.” She also urged the government to reconsider the decision.
The government on Thursday raised the minimum monthly wage for the garment workers by around 51 percent to Tk 8,000 from the existing Tk 5,300 with effect from December.
Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, state minister for labour and employment, came up with the announcement at a press conference at secretariat office yesterday (Thursday) after the final meeting of the wage board formed in January.