Alexa Garment workers’ 6-grade wages increased

Dhaka, Saturday   20 July 2019

Garment workers’ 6-grade wages increased

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 08:00 PM, 13 January 2019   Updated: 08:00 PM, 13 January 2019

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

The wages of the garment workers has been adjusted to 6 grades. Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi announced the new wage structure at the conference room of Labor and Employment Ministry on Sunday. The highest salary is increased to Tk 5,257 thousand and the lowest of Tk 2,700.

As per the announcement, the 1st-grade wage Tk 18,257, 2nd-grade wage  Tk 15,416, 3rd-grade wage Tk 9,845, 4th-grade wage Tk 9,347, 5th-grade wage Tk 8,875, 6th-grade wage Tk 8,420 And the 7th-grade wage is fixed at Tk 8,000. The 7th-grade wage was Tk 8,000 like before. As a result, the wage of the 6 grades out of the 7 has been increased.

Earlier, the meeting of the secretary committee that was formed to remove grading discrimination in the garment workers’ salary structure was held at 5:00 pm. The meeting presided over Labor Secretary Afroza Khan. 

Commerce Secretary Mofizul Islam, BGME President Siddiqur Rahman, Salam Murshedi MP, Atiqur Rahman, Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, AK Azad and Najma Akhter, Fazlul Haq Montu and Amirul Islam Amin were present on the behalf of the workers. 

Besides, the owners, Labor Secretary, and the workers have a separate meeting with State Minister for Ministry of Labor and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian. After the meeting, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi announced the new wage structure. State Minister for Labor and Employment Monnujan Sufian was also present.

Workers’ wage structure after coordination of 6 wage grade: 

It is to be noted that the garment workers have been protesting in different parts of the country, including the capital, for the last several days demanding payment of the promised wage and change of wage structure. This leads to clashes, counter clashes, chaos occurred between police and workers. Apart from this, the movement on road leads to bus vandalism, arson and labor injuries with the road blockade.

Earlier, the government had decided to finalize the minimum wage of Tk 8,000 in the garment sector by talking to the owners-workers party. However, the wage was supposed to implement from January 2019. And workers protest against as the wage structure didn’t effective.