Bangladesh government has revised the wages for apparel workers in purview of a non-ending spate of unrest in its garment sector. State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian announced the development today and said wages for grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 have been revised.
As per the revised wage structure, grade 1 employees will get Tk 18,257, Tk 15,416 for grade 2, Tk 9,849 for grade 3, Tk 9,347 for grade 4, Tk 8,875 for grade 5, and Tk 8,420 for grade 6.
The decision comes following direct instruction from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said a press release issued from the labour ministry in this regard.
The government hopes this announcement will put an end to the unrest and encourage the workers to return to work for the sake of the industry.
The garment factory owners association has already announced that all the factories shut due to the unrest will be opened, said a press release of the ministry.
WHY WERE THE RMG WORKERS PROTESTING?
In September last year, the government raised the minimum monthly wage for RMG workers by around 51 percent to Tk 8,000 from Tk 5,300. The new wage took effect in December.
But when workers drew their pay in January, they found a huge disparity, triggering the agitation. During the protests, one worker died in Savar.
On the third day of the protest, the government assured the workers of addressing the discrimination in a month. The workers, however, refused to leave the streets.
WHAT DID THE TRIPARTITE BODY SAY ABOUT THE WAGE STRUCTURE?
The tripartite committee formed to resolve the labour unrest in garment industry has found disparity in three grades of the workers pay structure, and has started working to minimise the wage gap that sparked the protests five days ago.
The 10-member committee with representatives from the government, union leaders and factory owners said disparity was found in grades three, four and five.