New RMG wage now to be finalised by Oct 31
The garment owners will now finalise a new wage structure for garment workers by October 31.
Earlier, the board formed to finalise minimum wage for the garment workers set today (October 27) to propose the final salary but it deferred the date as two board members remained absent at their meeting, AK Roy, chairman of the board, told reporters.
Arshad Jamal Dipu and Dr Kamal Uddin, owners’ representative and an independent member on the wage board respectively, could not reach its Topkhana Road office for today's meeting due to the BNP-led 18-party alliance's hartal, he said.
"We will finalised the salary and sent it to Labour and Employment Ministry by October 31 for approval," Roy said.
The ministry will later declare the salary, he added.
The four other board members however were present at the office.
The garment owners were to propose a minimum wage of Tk 4,680 per month for the workers at the meeting scheduled to begin at 11:00am.
After the meeting was postponed, Sirajul Islam Rony, workers’ representative on the board, said, "If the board fails to finalise the minimum salary by October 31, we will sit with different labour organisations and decide our next course of action."
Originally, the workers’ representative bargained for a minimum salary of Tk 8,114 per month, while the owners’ representative was willing to provide a 20 percent raise to Tk 3,600.
The labour and employment ministry formed the six-member wage board in June.