Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bangladesh - New wage structure for garment workers after Eid: Minister

Minimum Wage Commission working hard as government wants to announce new structure as soon as possible

Labour Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju on Wednesday said the new pay scale for garment workers would be announced after the forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.
The Minimum Wage Commission is working hard on it as the government wants to announce it as soon as possible, he added.
The minister made the disclosure after a meeting with the visiting International Labour Organisation (ILO) delegation, led by Assistant Director General of Asia and Pacific region Yoshiteru Uramoto, in his office.
Raju told reporters that ILO assured Bangladesh of an assistance of $40m for the improvement of the garment sector.
Regarding a statement of ILO’s Asian regional office, the minister said the statement was made without having gone through the English version of the amendment of labour law.
Bangladesh strongly protested the statement, Raju said. 
Labour Secretary Mikhail Shipar said the government has taken initiative to appoint 200 inspectors for factories in line with the proposal made by the ILO to ensure the safety of the garment industries in the country.
“A total of 80 buyers of the European Union will work together to ensure the improvement of our garments industry. But what type of work they will do, it is not clear yet,” Mikhail added.

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