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BGMEA calls urgent press meet on labour unrest

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association today called an emergency press conference at its Dhaka office over the ongoing labour unrest.

The conference will be held around 12:30pm to brief media on the production loss, the challenges in shipment, number of factories that are closed and other issues, said BGMEA sources.

Meanwhile, another meeting is scheduled at the labour ministry with members of the 20-member crisis management committee this afternoon.

The government is expected to announce a revised wage structure for apparel workers of grades 3, 4 and 5, in an effort to quell the labour unrest that has affected production in the country’s largest forex-earning sector.

WHY WERE THE RMG WORKERS PROTESTING?

Workers continued their demonstration yesterday for the seventh day after Friday’s holiday break. The protest began on January 6 over the wage gap.

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.

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.

 

Article source: https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/bgmea-calls-urgent-press-meet-labour-unrest-1686928

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