UPDATE: Bangladesh garment wages to rise 80%
Rallying garment workers in Bangladesh are being granted an 80% hike in their minimum wage, an industry official confirmed to just-style this afternoon (29 July).
The Bangladesh Ministry of Labour and Employment has agreed to pay workers at least BDT3,000 (US$43.17) per month as of 31 October.
It follows recent rallies and protests by garment factory workers in the country.
The rise is expected to be sharp enough to clear up these issues, Fazlul Hoque, president of the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA), told just-style.
He said: "The agreement brings balance between the demands of workers, factory owners, Government and buyers."
However, labour rights groups have already expressed their disappointment with the announcement, having aimed at BDT5,000.
Garment factory owners are likely to see production costs rise 7% after the increase, and Hoque told just-style that retailers need to absorb some of this.
Hoque added: "The three-month cushion period will give some breathing space for owners to renegotiate with their buyers. Buyers should come forward to spend more to account for these extra wages too."
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