Garment workers

Gazette on draft minimum wage

FE Report | Published: October 12, 2018 11:10:47 | Updated: October 13, 2018 16:30:54

Garment workers under the banner of National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) staging a rally in the city on Thursday demanding reinstatement of 600 workers in their jobs by Annesha Fashion Ltd — FE photo

The government has issued a gazette on the draft recommendation of the national minimum wage board for fixing Tk 8,000 for an entry-level garment worker.

Anyone can give written objections or recommendations regarding the pay structure within 14 days after the gazette that was published on October 08.

The 5.0 per cent annual increment remained unchanged against the right groups' demand for 10 per cent.

The gazette was issued 24 days after a meeting of the government-formed wage board recommended a 51 per cent hike in the existing pay.

On September 13, state minister for labour Mujibul Haque Chunnu at a press conference declared the Tk 8,000 minimum monthly wage for an entrant.

The fifth meeting of the wage board, presided over by its chairman, fixed the wage for workers.

The new wage included a basic payment of Tk 4,100, which is currently Tk 3,000. It included Tk 2,050 as house rent, up from Tk 1,200.

It also included Tk 600 as medical allowance from Tk 250, Tk 350 as transport allowance from Tk 200 and Tk 900 as food subsidies as against Tk 650.

The gross pay of six, five and four grades has been fixed at Tk 8,399, Tk 8,855 and Tk 9,245 with the basic pay of Tk 4,366, Tk 4,670 and Tk 4,930 respectively.

The same for three, two and one graders has been recommended for Tk 9,578, Tk 14,621 and Tk 17,504 respectively, according to the gazette.

The basic pay of three, two and one grades is suggested at Tk 5,152, Tk 8,514 and Tk 10,436 respectively.

A 50 per cent house rent has been proposed for all grades with the same amount of other allowances as suggested for entry-level workers.

An apprentice will get Tk 5,975 with the basic pay of Tk 2,750, Tk 1,375 as house rent, Tk 600 as medical allowance, Tk 350 as transport allowance and Tk 900 as food subsidy.

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