Tk 12,500 minimum wages for garment workers published in draft gazette
Dhaka, Nov 13: The draft gazette has been published fixing the minimum wages of garment workers at Tk 12,500. If anyone has any suggestions or objections on this wage rate, it should be reported in writing to the Chairman of the Minimum Wage Board within the next 14 days. After considering the objections or recommendations received within this period, the Board will recommend to the Government.
This information has been mentioned in the draft gazette signed by Liaquat Ali Mollah, Chairman of Dhaka Minimum Wage Board, on Sunday. Earlier, the minimum wage was fixed at Tk 12,500 in combination with the owners and workers representatives. State Minister for Labor Mannujan Sufian announced this wage in the meeting room of the Ministry of Labor and Employment at the Secretariat on the afternoon of November 7.
At that time, he said, I am announcing the minimum wage of garment workers on the instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The minimum wage will be increased from the previous Tk 8,000 to Tk 12,500. Besides, there will be five percent annual increment for them.
According to the draft gazette, after one year of working under the minimum wage adjustment, the workers will get an annual increment of five percent of the basic wages. In subsequent years, the incremental rate will increase again at the rate of five percent of the basic wages. Workers working on Furon based wages in sweaters and other garment industry sectors will also get the benefit of wage hike at the rate of five percent of the basic wages on an annual basis.
The working hours of the workers will be determined according to the relevant clauses and rules of Bangladesh Labor Act 2006 and Bangladesh Labor Rules 2015. Employees will get allowances and other benefits as per relevant clauses and rules of Bangladesh Labor Act 2006 and Bangladesh Labor Rules 2015.