Clean Clothes Campaign has branded the newly announced minimum wage for Bangladeshi garment workers as outrageous. The NGO claims that the wage is nowhere near a living wage. The Bangladesh Minimum Wage Board for readymade garment workers set Tk8,000 (US$95) as the new minimum monthly salary. Employees will start receiving the new level in December 2018. The rise represents a 53 per cent increase, albeit the last rise in wages workers received was five years ago.
IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) had clearly communicated to the Minimum Wage Board, and requested for an immediate review. Clean Clothes Campaign has supported the board’s call for a review of the announced amount, in light of the demand of workers’ unions for the new minimum wage to be set at 16,000 tk.