BANGLADESH: H&M still waiting decision on wage dialogue
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) is still waiting for a response from the Bangladesh labour ministry over its proposal for regular meetings between brand owners and the government about pay and working conditions in garment factories.
"We expressed a desire that brands' representatives and the ministry of labour should meet regularly to discuss current issues. We are awaiting the outcome of this suggestion," an H&M spokesperson told just-style.
Protests in June by garment workers demanding higher wages led to the temporary closure of 300 factories. Later, global buyers met Bangladesh labour minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and urged him to solve the dispute.
Since then Ahmed Raju has been appointed as the new labour minister. And his deputy Begum Monnujan Sufian has ruled out an immediate wage hike for garment workers.
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Salim Osman has also opposed an immediate pay hike for workers, until the issue is properly assessed. "We want the government to take the initiative in reviewing garment workers' salaries," he told just-style.
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