New RMG pay: Minister warns against lapses
The government will go tough on any laps in execution of new pay structure for readymade garment workers by the owners.
The new pay comes into effect from today.
"Legal actions will be taken if any employer does not go by the new pay scale," Labour and Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain told a press briefing at his office yesterday.
The minister also made it clear that RMG units will come under watch whether workers are getting the newly-fixed salaries, or not.
Hossain said complaints from the workers will be received and the government will go for actions case by case.
The new pay structure for the garment workers has been fixed in consultation with all stakeholders including the owners.
In his reaction to the effectiveness of the wage structure, Amirul Haque Amin, president of National Garment Workers Federation, said leaders of at least 40 workers associations held meeting with the owners Saturday so that the workers are awarded the pay in time.
"I hope all the workers will receive the new pay in the first week of December," Amin said.
Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said they will also monitor whether the owners are paying salaries to the workers under the new wage.
"I hope all the owners will implement the new pay structure as soon as possible," said Mohiuddin, who represented the owners in the six-member minimum wage board formed for fixing the salary structure.
The government announced the minimum wage at Tk 3,000 per month in July 29.
The minimum salary for the workers in Grade I has been set at Tk 9,300, Grade II Tk 7,200, Grade
III Tk 4,120, Grade IV Tk 3,763, Grade V Tk 3,455, Grade VI Tk 3,210 and Grade VII or entry level at Tk 3,000 per month.