The International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Monday welcomed the Bangladesh government’s efforts to set the minimum wages for ready-made garment (RMG) workers and called all parties to help the industry resume its activity.
“We acknowledge the genuine efforts of all parties, led by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, to work towards setting minimum wages at an appropriate level and to reach a consensus,” an ILO statement quoting its Country Director for Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen said.
The statement said that the ILO Country Office in Bangladesh is encouraged by the Bangladesh government’s decision to revisit the minimum wages for ready-made garment workers through an agreement reached on Sunday January 13, 2019 by a special tripartite committee set to examine and resolve the issue.
“Through this tripartite process of dialogue confidence is being built and we call upon all parties to help the industry resume its activity,” ILO Bangladesh chief said.
Noting that as a pillar of decent work, social dialogue plays a key role in social and economic stability and equity, the statement said, “It creates a framework for peaceful and orderly procedures addressing the concerns of workers and employers.”
The ILO stands ready to accompany its tripartite constituents in Bangladesh and the RMG industry in reviewing the wage-setting system to ensure predictability for business and promoting sound industrial relations through social dialogue and collective bargaining.
“We believe that establishing a strong wage policy for the country and regular evidence-based adjustments through full consultation with all social partners would contribute to inclusive growth, boost industry competitiveness and strengthen social protection for workers,” Tuomo Poutiainen added.