Board closing in on new salary structure | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 04, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 10:42 PM, November 03, 2013

MINIMUM WAGE

Board closing in on new salary structure

The wage board is hopeful that the new salary structure for garment workers would be finalised in today's meeting, as both the owners' and workers' representatives are closing in on their negotiations.
“We are in the final stages of negotiations. I hope the board will be able to close the deal tomorrow [today],” said Sirajul Islam Rony, workers' representative on the board, while calling for separation of food subsidy from basic pay.
He last rejected a proposal of Tk 4,250 inclusive of food subsidy, placed by the owners' representative in the meeting on October 31.
Arshad Jamal Dipu, owners' representative on the wage board, said the amount could be increased to Tk 4,500 at most.
“We have no capacity to increase the minimum wage beyond that. If the workers' representative accepts it, then great. Otherwise, there is nothing more to be done.”
He, however, assured of his attendance in today's meeting, the ninth of the wage board formed on June 26.
“I will go to the board meeting even if it's a hartal day as I plan to seal the negotiation tomorrow [today],” he added.

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