Dhaka, Bangladesh
RMG workers stage demo, reject Tk 8,000 wage

RMG workers stage demo, reject Tk 8,000 wage

News Desk The workers of ready-made garment (RMG) factories staged demonstration in the city on Friday rejecting the government's decision to raise their minimum monthly wage to Tk 8,000. Turning down the Tk 8,000 as minimum wage fixed by the government, RMG workers 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 a sit-in in front of the Jatiya Press Club around 11:30 am. Abul Hasan, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station, said the RMG workers also took out a precession protesting the government decision. While speaking, Joly Talukder, general secretary of the union, said, "The fixation of minimum wage for RMG workers at Tk 8,000 is illogical and an unjust one." She urged the government to reconsider the decision, or else, she threatened that they would go for a tougher movement and announced to stage demonstrations in industrial areas of the city. Vehicular movement at Topkhana road and its adjacent areas remained suspended for nearly an hour following their demonstrations. Later, police appeared at the spot and dispersed the workers. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Garment, Textile and Leather Workers Federation (BGTLWF) made the same demand in its biennial council 2018 held at the Jatiya Press Club. Speaking on the occasion, BGTLWF President Kutubuddin Ahmed said when the country is graduating towards a middle-income one, workers' salary should be minimum Tk 16,000 considering the growing price of daily needs. Addressing the programme as the chief guest, Executive Director of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) Zafrul Hasan criticised the amendment to the labour law, saying the amendment is not favourable for the workers. Due to the amendment of the law, working hours have increased, he claimed. At the programme, Giasudin Ahmed, Chairman of Industriall Bangladesh Council (IBC), and its General Secretary Salauddin Swapon also urged the government to reconsider the decision in the programme. On Thursday, the government fixed the minimum wage for the RMG workers at Tk 8000. The decision will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification. RMG workers have long been demanding fixation of their minimum wage in the country's garment workers at Tk 16000. (Inputs taken from UNB)

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