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What will be the salary of garment workers?

Shafiqul Islam

Update Time: 17 Jan 2018 2:01 pm:
What will be the salary of garment workers?

The government has formed the minimum wage board again to increase the wages of the garment workers in the country. The wage board will re-assert a new salary structure for workers in six months and submit a report with the recommendation to implement it. However, the workers' leaders questioned the salary structure. They say, how much increase the workers' wages?

As a private research organization, Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), three models are considered mainly to determine the minimum wage. Its first model is to determine the minimum wage for considering the monthly expenditure of a worker on the poverty line. The second model is to determine the minimum wage for a person's balanced diet to achieve the desired nutrition. The third model is to determine the minimum wage based on the cost of living conditions of the workers.

According to CPD, a family of around five members of the poverty line, according to the National Income Income Survey survey, the cost of food and non-food products and services is 9,280 taka in the month of purchase. The main earner of the family will have to earn 6,445 rupees in this case. As the CPD, this amount further increases in the next two modes. According to the desired nutrition, one worker needs minimum wages in the month of 17 months and 837 for food and living. According to the actual cost, a married married worker must earn 10 thousand 352.

It is to be noted that the government has announced minimum wage of last year for workers of garment sector workers in November 2013. It came into effect from December one month after the announcement. Accordingly, a worker at the entry level currently receives a minimum wage of Tk. 5,300. In addition, increments of 5 percent per annum have been compulsory. According to existing labor laws in the country, minimum wages can be reviewed after five years. Apart from this, there is a rule of declaration of minimum wages by forming a new wage board at any stage in special circumstances. However, in this case, the government formed the government's voluntary wage board five years ago.

The government has a permanent minimum wage board. Syed Aminul Islam, senior district judge, is the chairman of the four-member board. The other three members of the board are Bangladesh Employers Federation's Labor Advisor Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed, Labor Worker's Executive President Fazlul Haque Montu, Professor of Dhaka University Professor Dr. Fazlul Haq Montu. Kamal Uddin BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman and Jatiya Sramik League women affairs affairs secretary Shamsunnahar Begum have been associated with members of the Standing Wage Board, which constitutes the minimum wage rate for Sunday's clothing sector.

Regarding the new wage board, State Minister for Labor, Mujibul Haque Chunnu, told the Bangla Tribune, "In the next six months, the committee will scrutinize the report of the salary structure of the workers in the garment sector. Then the government will finalize the new salary structure for the garment workers. '

Asked about this, BGMEA president and wage board member Siddiqur Rahman told the Bangla Tribune, "The board will fix the bus. We have given the letter to the government to form the board to increase the salary of the workers. So there is no hesitation in the increase in salary of the workers. New pay structure will be recommended considering everything. At this point, nothing can be said.

According to the Ministry of Labor, on November 8, the garment industry owners' organization BGMEA gave an official letter to the labor ministry to form a new wage board for the clothing sector. State Minister for Labor, Mujibul Haque, commented that the government is seeing this initiative of BGMEA as positive.

Asked about this, Shahnaz Khanam, a worker of A garments of Savar, told the Bangla Tribune, "The people do not run through the salaries they get. What is the salary of five thousand 300 and the family? Half of the wages are paid in the current market for paying rent. Responding to one question, he said, "Owners always pay wages over time with wages." He said, "It's hard to say how difficult it is to run a house with rice and Tk 55 to 60." Overtime is not a salary. Also, it is not possible to make an overtime for everyone. Somebody overtime, not everyone does it.

If a worker does not overtime, then he will not get overtime bills. Then how will his family run? 'He thinks the minimum wage required in the current market is at least 10 thousand taka.

Meanwhile, garment owner Sirajul Islam, located in Ashulia in the capital, told the Bengali Tribune, "Garment workers are our family members. We are good if they are good. Therefore, keeping pace with the time, the wages should be increased to increase the living standards of the workers. It's time to claim. Owners will also have to remember. Remember, the market value of the products produced in the factory.

Meanwhile, the economists of the country have complained that only the importance of workers' livelihood is given to the minimum wage determination. Their future life, savings, education of children, and other healthcare are not kept in mind.

In this context, Dhaka University teacher Professor MM Akash said, "According to the existing labor law, 2006, 5 percent of the total profit of a company is due to workers. Out of this 80% of the distribution of workers and 10% of the workers' wages in the labor welfare and 10% of the government's contribution to the labor welfare foundation fund

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