BGMEA warns to shut factories: Urged the protesting workers to go back to work
The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has warned to close all the garment factories for an indefinite period if the worker’s unrest continues. Garment industry workers are continuing agitation in rejection of the revised pay structure. According to the workers their basic salary was not raised as expected.
The new wage structure, effective from the last December, fixed basic for three, four and five grades at Tk 5,160, Tk 4,930 and Tk 4,670 with gross Tk 9,590, Tk 9,245 and Tk 8,855 respectively. The gross payment for the entry level garment workers has been fixed at Tk 8,000, about 51 per cent hike from Tk 5,300. The gross wages included basic pay of Tk 4,100.
BGMEA, President Md Siddiqur Rahman said, if the workers don’t work, they would not get wages. “No work, no pay. The factories will remain closed as per the labour law provision of 13 (1) for an indefinite period,” emphasized Rahman, according to whom the government-formed committee will give their decision regarding basic pays under grades three to five.Bangladesh News Region