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Bangladesh RMG owners tag three demands

Readymade garment (RMG) owners in Bangladesh have tagged three demands with the implementation of the wage board's proposed minimum wage structure for garment workers. The demands are: re-fixation of source tax at 0.2 per cent, introduction of a 3.0 per cent cash incentive to traditional markets like EU, US and Canada and a special exchange rate against US dollar for readymade garment exports.

The leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) raised the demands in a meeting with the labour minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju.

BGMEA President Atiqul Islam and other office bearers, former presidents Abdus Salam Murshedy, Annisul Huq, former vice president Siddiqur Rahman, BKMEA President AKM Salim Osman and office bearers, among others, were present at the meeting. The apparel owners put forward their conditional demands for enhancing the industry's affordability to implement the new wage structure under review.