The Minimum Wage Board for readymade garment workers on Thursday fixed the minimum wage at Tk 8,000.
Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu made the declaration at an emergency press conference held at the Secretariat.
He said the new minimum wage would come to effect from December 2018.
BSS: As per the previous wage board, apparel workers get Taka 5,300 as the minimum monthly salary.
“The new minimum wage includes Taka 4,100 as basic salary, Taka 2,050 as house rent, Taka 600 as medical allowance, Taka 3,050 as transport allowance and Taka 900 as food allowance,” he said after a meeting at his ministry office here.
Ministry of Labour and Employment formed the wage board for the garment workers January February of this year to fix wage for apparel sector that contributes 84 percent of the country’s total export earnings.
Wage board chairman Syed Aminul Islam, board member and BGMEA president Md Siddiqur Rahman, labour adviser to the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (owners’ representative) Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed, executive president of Awami League’s workers front Sramik League (workers’ representative) Fazlul Haque Montoo, Kamal Uddin, a teacher of the University of Dhaka (independent member) and additional secretary of the labour ministry Syed Ahmad and workers’ representative Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan, among others, were present at the meeting.