Bangladesh hikes minimum ages in garment sector; labour unions not happy

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The Bangladesh government has announced a 51% rise in minimum monthly wage for the garment workers to Tk 8,000 ($95) from the existing Tk 5,300 ($63), with effect from December. But several trade unions have rejected and demanded double the amount.

The hike was announced by Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu, state minister for labour and employment at a press briefing at his secretariat.

The previous minimum wage was set in 2013.

Unions say that they would continue protests across the country till their demand for a minimum wage of Tk 16,000 per month is met.

A major textile exporting nation, Bangladesh has 4.4 million garment workers. Last year it exported garments worth $30 billion from its 4,500 factories to global retailers like H&M, Walmart, Gap and Tesco.

The country introduced minimum wages five years ago, following the collapse of Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, killing 1.130.

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