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Bangladesh sets US$25 minimum wage for garment workers after months of street protests

Bangladesh sets US$25 minimum wage for garment workers after months of street protests

Bangladesh on Thursday set a new monthly minimum wage of 1,662 takas (US$25; euro19.65) for garment workers, officials and union leaders said, following months of street protests.
Factory owners and trade union leaders signed an agreement after a government panel announced the new pay scale, Nazma Akhter, a textile labor union leader, told reporters.
"We have accepted it unanimously," said Annisul Huq, a spokesman for the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
The government formed a five-member board in June to reassess the minimum wage after rioting by textile workers damaged many factories near the capital and forced several to close temporarily.
A worker at the highest grade will receive about US$76 (euro59.75) a month, according to the agreement.
The new wages were fixed after workers had demanded a minimum of 3,000 takas (US$44; euro34.60) a month.
The previous minimum monthly wage was 950 takas (US$14; euro11), which was set in 1994. Almost half of Bangladesh's 144 million people live on less than one U.S. dollar a day.
Bangladesh has more than 3,000 garment factories employing about 1.8 million workers, mostly women.
The impoverished country earns more than US$7 billion (euro5.5 billion) each year from textile exports, mainly to the United States and Europe, according to Bangladesh's Export Promotion Bureau.


Updated : 2021-04-19 09:14 GMT+08:00