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Gazette issued on Tk12,500 min wage for RMG workers

Wage Board seeks written objection, appeal or proposal within 14 days
Staff Correspondent
12 Nov 2023 21:33:18 | Update: 12 Nov 2023 22:16:13
Gazette issued on Tk12,500 min wage for RMG workers

The government has proposed a draft for RMG workers with Tk 12,500 as the minimum monthly salary, raising it from Tk 8,000.

The Minimum Wage Board on Saturday issued a gazette notification on this end and seeking written objection, appeal or proposal within 14 days in this regard.

The board will send the final proposal to the government after considering the proposal or denial coming from anyone in the meantime, reads the notification published on Sunday.

Trade unions had already sent a written appeal to the Labour and Employment Ministry on Sunday, citing the proposal is insufficient to lead a decent life, considering ongoing severe inflation. They urge the Prime Minister to review the wage proposal as she did in 2018 and before.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina set Tk 12,500 as the minimum monthly salary for RMG workers and the new wage structure will be effective from December 1, State Minister for Labour and Employment Begum Monnujan Sufian announced the decision on Tuesday.

RMG workers in Dhaka, Gazipur, and other areas demonstrated against the decision, with clashes between workers and police resulting in injuries to many people and the deaths of at least four workers, including a woman.

One RMG worker, who sustained injuries in a clash with law enforcers in Gazipur’s Konabari last Wednesday, died while undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) Saturday night.

Since the beginning of last year, workers have been demanding Tk 23,000 as monthly minimum wage considering high inflation in the country, but their representative has proposed Tk 20,390 as minimum wage.

Govt wage draft proposal

The government proposed a Tk 12,500 gross salary with Tk 6,700 basic salary for assistant operators under grade 5, followed by Tk 13,025 gross with Tk 7,050 for general operators under grade 4, Tk 13,550 gross salary with Tk 7,400 for junior operators under grade 3, Tk 14,150 gross salary with Tk 7,800 basic wage for operator and Tk 14,750 gross with Tk 8,200 basic for senior operator.