DHAKA (Xinhua) – In an apparent bid to quell labour unrest, the Bangladeshi government has raised the pay of millions of garment workers after coming under fire from labourers over disparity in their new wage structure.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian, announcing this on Sunday night, said wages for workers of all grades were raised proportionately following a special directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
In line with the new wage structure, grade-1 workers will get the minimum monthly basic wage 18,257 taka, 15,416 taka for grade-2, 9,849 taka for grade-3, 9,347 taka for grade-4 and 8,875 for grade-5.
The ministry expressed the hope that the agitating workers will now return to their workplaces.
The wage hike came hours after the Bangladesh apparel garment owners threatened to shut down thousands of factories if the workers continue demonstration.
The warning came following week-long protests by the workers in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, leaving at least a labourer reportedly dead and scores of others injured.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman had threatened to keep the factories across Bangladesh shut for an indefinite period from Monday if the workers do not return to their work stations.
Tens of thousands garment workers have been staging demonstration since last Sunday.