The country's apex body for RMG industries BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) on Monday proposed Tk 6,360 as monthly wage for an entry level worker
Those proposals came up at the third wage board meeting held at minimum wage board chairman office in the city on Monday. The workers’ rights groups, however, demanded Tk 16,000- Tk 18000 as minimum monthly wages.BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman submitted the proposal as owner’s representative and Jatiya Shramik League women affairs secretary Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan proposed the amount as workers’ representative.
Wage board chairman Aminul Islam presided over the meeting.
Earlier, the board on July 8 gave a week's time to owner and worker representatives to submit their respective proposal for pay packages. The board in its first meeting on March 19 asked both the parties to submit their wage proposals.
After the meeting BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman said, “we have proposed to Tk 6,360 as monthly wage for an entry level worker”.
The proposed wage structures is increased by 20 percent taking into consideration the recent year’s inflation, cost of living, and others standard, he added.
Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan, worker representative on the board, said considering all aspects they have proposed Tk 12,020 as minimum wages for fresher workers, while Tk 7050 will be set as monthly basic salary.“A good number of organizations demanded Tk 16,000 and one or two groups demanded Tk18000 as minimum monthly wages” she added.
She said, as workers leader we wouldn’t expect any jobless situation in the industry due to the wage hike, which would not be affordable to industry owners.
Jatiya Shramik League women affairs secretary said that the garment industry workers are already facing unemployment condition due to adoption of modern technology.
‘Capacities of all factories are not equal, some 30 percent having a good capacity while rest of them are small and medium’, Shamsunnahar added.
After the meeting wage board chairman Aminul Islam said, the board recently submitted an application to extend its duration for the next three months, which will be ended on November 14 this year.
“We will try to submit the final wage structure to the ministry by the middle of September, before that we will analyze those proposals and will inspect some garment factories’ he added.