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The minimum wage for the apparel workers across the country announced by the government will be effective from this month, said an official release issued on Thursday, reports BSS.
“The government has raised the minimum monthly wage for 4.4 million garment workers by around 51 percent to Tk 8,000 from the existing Tk 5,300 with effect from December,” said state minister for labour M Mujibul Haq Chunnu while chairing the 38th meeting of the crisis management core committee at the ministry conference room.
The seven stages of the wage structure have been increased in line with the wage structure fixed in 2013, he said.
He said that of the Tk 8,000, Tk 4,100 is basic wage, Tk 2,050 house rent, Tk 600 medical allowance, Tk 350 conveyance allowance and Tk 900 food expenditure.
Side by side, the state minister warned that the government will not tolerate any anarchy in the apparel industries ahead of the upcoming national polls. He advised the workers and owners of the apparel industries to be more careful so that none of the quarters can create any anarchy by instigating the workers of the sector ahead of the 11th parliament polls scheduled for December 30 this year.
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) President and lawmaker AKM Selim Osman, Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President M Siddiqur Rahman, Gazipur City Corporation Mayor M Jahangir Alam, Labour and Employment Secretary Afroza Khan, Sramik League President Sukkur Mahamud, Inspector-General of Factories and Establishments M Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan, Director General of the Industrial Police Abdus Salam, among others, attended the meeting.