Blog: Leonie BarrieConfusion hangs over Bangladesh's wage talks

Leonie Barrie | 11 November 2013

Confusion and conflict seem to have characterised progress on plans to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers in Bangladesh.

According to an announcement by the government appointed wage board last week, pay is set to rise 77% to BDT5,300 (US$68.17) per month.

But labour leaders say that as far as they are concerned, discussions are still on-going, the rise was made without comprehensive consultation - and that they plan to hold out for a hike to a living wage of US$120.

Bangladesh's apparel manufacturers, meanwhile, have threatened to shut down all facilities if the proposed wage rise is not lowered within the next 15 days.

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