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RMG workers stage demo for wage hike

Don't pay heed to provocation: BGMEA

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Staff Reporter :
Leaders of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Wednesday urged the apparel workers not to pay any heed to provocation of outsiders in order to maintain peace in the garment industrial zones.
They came up with the call amid workers' unrest in Gazipur centering implementation of latest wage board.   
Hundreds of workers of different garment factories staged demonstration in front of their respective factories in Konabari and Kashimpur areas in Gazipur on Wednesday demanding raise in their wages.
The workers went on work abstention from their respective workplaces around 9am and staged demonstration taking to Dhaka-Tangail highway.
"We are very much concerned about labour unrest. A vested quarter is hatching conspiracy to create fresh anarchy in the country's key garment industrial belts ahead of national elections," BGMEA President M Siddiqur Rahman, told this at a press briefing held at its headquarters in the evening.
He urged the workers to go back their work places without paying heed to provocation of the vested quarter that is trying to ignite labour unrest in Gazipur and Savar in last few days spreading misleading information over newly formed wage board for apparel workers.
Earlier, the government raised the minimum monthly wage for the garment workers by around 51 per cent to Tk 8,000 from the existing
Tk 5,300, with effect from December this year.
On November 26, the government published a gazette notification in this regard.
"If any inconsistency is found in the a gazette notification, we will resolve it through discussion," said M Siddiqur Rahman, adding, "So, the workers should refrain from any unruly activity to maintain peace and stability in the country's largest industrial sector."
He also sought necessary security measures in the country's garment industrial zones to avert any untoward situation.
Bangladesh's export earnings from the garments sector stood at $30.61billion in the last fiscal year, posting an 8.76 per cent year on year growth.

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