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Debut meeting of RMG wage board Wednesday

Staff Correspondent
23 May 2023 21:46:40 | Update: 23 May 2023 21:54:12
Debut meeting of RMG wage board Wednesday
Workers in a Dhaka garment factory on May 2, 2020 — AFP Photo

Members of the ready-made garment (RMG) sector’s new wage board will hold their first meeting at Sromo Bhaban in Dhaka on Wednesday to set a new pay structure for apparel workers.

On April 9, the labour and employment ministry formed the four permanent-member new wage board, headed by senior district Judge Liaquat Ali Molla, to review RMG workers’ wages.

The three other members are – Bangladesh Employers' Federation representative Moksud Belal Siddiqui, workers' representative Jatiya Sramik League leader Sultan Ahmed, and independent member Dhaka University Prof Md Kamal Uddin.

Besides, the ministry also announced the names of two members – former president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association Md Siddiqur Rahman and Bangladesh National Garments Workers Employees League President Sirajul Islam Rony as owners' and workers' representatives respectively.

As per the Bangladesh Labour Act and labour rules, the government will form a new wage board every five years and it will set a new wage structure.

In December 2018, the government-nominated board declared a new pay structure fixing minimum wages at Tk 8,000 per month.

Since early 2022, RMG workers had staged demonstrations several times demanding the formation of a new wage board, and Tk 24,000 as the monthly minimum wage, citing skyrocketing inflation in the country.