Bangladesh Government to review salary for garment workers

The Department of Labour has sent letters to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association to participate in the review meeting

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The Bangladesh government is preparing to evaluate the minimum monthly salary for garment workers. The Department of Labour, under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, has requested the participation of representatives from employer trade organisations, including the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, in a wage board aimed at determining the new minimum wage.

According to reports by  Apparel Resources citing official sources, the Department of Labour sent letters to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association on January 25 and 26. They have made a request to the associations for their participation in a review of the minimum wage for garment workers. 

The government last reviewed the wage in 2018 and raised the minimum wage for entry-level workers from Taka 5,300 to Taka 8,000.

Meanwhile, the vice presidents of BGMEA -Shahidullah Azim, and BKMEA -Fazlee Shamim Ehsan stated to the media that they will provide the names of their representatives in a few days. The president of Bangladesh National Garment Workers Employees League, Sirajul Islam Rony reportedly stated that it is necessary to review the wages of garment workers.

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