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16 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Crisis over new wage board

BGMEA urges workers not to be misguided by rumours

UNB, Dhaka
BGMEA urges workers not to be misguided by rumours

Bangladesh Garments Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman yesterday called upon the garment workers not to be misguided by the rumours spread by conspirators.

He also requested them to return to their respective workplaces at a press conference arranged by the organization on current labour situation of the RMG industry at BGMEA Bhaban in the capital.

Mentioning that some factories in Ashulia and Gazipur areas were closed as the workforce refrained themselves from working for the fifth consecutive day yesterday.

Siddikur Rahman said a vested quarter has been provoking the RMG workers on their wage issue to unsettle the industry centering the imminent parliamentary election.

BGMEA chief also requested the workers of all sectors to contact with the factory authority or BGMEA instead of observing work abstention if any confusion arises regarding the new wage board.

“Even though the industry is not fully capable, the increases in workers’ wager have been continuous since 2010 to 2018 reaching around 381 percent. Since 2013, there has been an increase of five percent every year,” said the president.

“There has been rumour of discrimination in the new wage board saying that every grade did not get the increment. In reality, every worker will receive increment based on their post and grade. Minimum allowance for a worker has been increased to 1850 taka from 1100 taka. Workers, whose basic salary is higher than the gazette states, will also receive ten percent increase in house rent.”

Siddikur Rahman also mentioned that the announced minimum wages will be added with the salary of December which will be paid by January 7-10.

“There’s no reason of protesting before receiving the government proposed salary,” he added.

He went on by saying it should be checked that nobody can create anarchy by using the workers to thwart the election.

BGMEA chief urged the law enforcement agencies to find and take actions against the culprits who are pitting the workers and industry owners together.

National Garments Workers Federation President Amirul Haq Amin resonated with him saying everyone will be paid the increased salary by the first week of December and the yearly increase will continue.

He repeated BGMEA chief’s plea saying that it is the duty of everybody to maintain peaceful environment before the election.

He insisted that the workers should discuss with the respective factory owners to resolve any issue regarding new wage board instead of stopping production.

He also asked them to contact the workers’ federation or BGMEA if any help is needed over the issue.

BGMEA officials and other labour union heads, among others, were present at the conference.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu said the problems, if any, over the new wage board will be resolved through discussions in January next.

The junior minister said this while addressing a meeting of Crisis Management Core Committee at the secretariat on the ongoing crisis over the new wage board.

He urged the readymade garment workers who are on a movement against the minimum wage board structure to join their work from December 17.

The garment workers of Narayanganj, Gazipur and Ashulia have been demonstrating for the last several days protesting the ‘discrimination in grades of the wage board’ which has been declared by the government recently.

After the declaration of the wage board, Mujibul Haque said, a misunderstanding has been created among the workers over the grades of the wage structure. It will go when the workers will receive salaries as per the new structure in January, he added.

Chunnu also asked the garment factory owners to give the workers a clear concept about the wage board and urged them to create a cordial relationship with the workers.

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