A key Bangladesh textile figure has contested claims that some of the country's garment workers are surviving on less than the minimum wage.

SM Fazlul Hoque, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), said factories were adhering to the new basic monthly wage of BDT1,662 (US$24) set recently by the government.

His comments came after charity War on Want said value retailers Tesco, Primark and Asda were using factories that pay factory workers as little as 5p an hour.

Hoque also called on foreign buyers to visit the factories to reassure themselves about working conditions, adding that child labour was a thing of the past in Bangladesh.

All three companies named in the charity's report have also denied the accusations.

However, the country's garment industry is notorious for its poor standards, with bad pay, long hours and dangerous working conditions just some complaints frequently voiced by the industry's mainly women workers.