RMG workers demand pay hike
Leaders of two RMG workers' organizations held agitation rally demanding minimum salary Tk 16,000 for the laborers who are the major contributors to the country's economy. They also urged the government to select workers' representatives "properly" and to form "a rational wage board" so that they can lead a decent life.
Garment Sramik Sanghati and Garment Sramik Front leaders came up with the demand at a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday. "If the prices of the essentials go up, why the RMG workers' salary remains the same," the speakers asked adding, "The minimum salary must be hiked to Tk 16,000."
"Wage board formed by the middlemen would not be allowed," they said and suggested forming the board with their actual representatives. "The sector covers nearly 82percent of the exports. The minimum salary for a sweeper on government pay scale is 15,250 while the minimum salary of a garment worker is 5,300 and only 13 per cent of the garments workers enjoy their holiday," they said.
"Per head income of Bangladesh is currently 1610 US Dollar which barely any close to the earning of a RMG worker," they claimed. Workers in Bangladesh get lesser wages than the neighboring countries like India and Cambodia. Bangladeshi workers get $67 while workers in India and Cambodia get $168 and $170 respectively per month. The RMG workers very often take to the street protesting poor payment.