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Bangladesh wage delay irks labour unions

Readymade garment (RMG) manufacturers and factory owners in Bangladesh have failed to submit their proposal on a wage hike to the wage board as promised earlier. The failure has raised fear among labor representatives about a fresh bout of workers' unrest in the industry.

Representatives of the readymade garment factories took two weeks' time from the wage board for submitting their proposal. However, labor leaders fear unrest amongst the workers if the owners take too much time in placing their wage proposals for the country's three million plus apparel workers. They allege that it is a plot to stretch the process beyond Eid. 

In June last year, the government formed the new wage board, comprising six members, for enhancement of wages for the country’s garment industry following a series of violent acts over a wage hike. The last wage board was formed in January 2010 and set the minimum wage in July 2010. 


 
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