Bangladesh labour officials are meeting to discuss a national minimum wage to benefit garment workers in the country.

Officials from the country's Ministry of Labour and Employment and Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) are ironing out a deal to increase worker wages.

A spokesperson at the BGMEA's information desk confirmed to just-style that the meetings were going on.

No details have been given about the scale of the increase, which is expected to be confirmed within three months.

The basic government-set minimum monthly wage of a garment worker is around US$25, but a family of four spends around half of this on food.

Clothing factories are also thought to have cut wages by 20-30% in a bid to compete for orders with countries such as Vietnam, China and India.

The talks come after 11 global retailers, including Walmart, Gap Inc and H&M, in February urged the Bangladeshi Prime Minister to take "swift action" over low wages for garment workers which they fear could taint their reputations as socially responsible companies.