For a decade, the nimble fingers of Bangladeshi garment worker Naim Pramanik sewed shirts and trousers for top Western brands, to be worn by the wealthy across the world.
Any trade sanction on Bangladesh from the West would significantly impact the economy, said the noted economist Wahiduddin Mahmud yesterday.
The government and business leaders have played down the significance of the diplomatic note from the Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC to the commerce ministry about possible measures like trade penalties and visa restrictions over labour issues.
Bangladesh embassy in Washington sends letter to commerce ministry
Advocacy efforts in Bangladesh have been part of the national dialogue centring wages for several decades.
The salary structure will now have four grades in place of five
It is shocking that the wage board sees it fit to approve such a meagre amount for minimum wage for RMG workers, which is a quarter of what they need just to stay above the poverty line.