RMG workers demand festival allowance and salary by Ramadan 20
The National Federation of Garment Workers is holding a procession on Topkhana Road in Dhaka on Friday to demand Eid wages and compensation for workers by 20th Ramadan. – New Age Photography
At a rally on Friday, leaders of the Garment Workers Trade Union Center called on garment factory owners to pay garment workers’ wages and holiday allowances by Ramadan 20, ahead of next Eid-ul-Fitr.
GWTUC organized the rally in front of the National Press Club and the organization’s president Mantu Ghosh presided over the rally.
Mantu Ghosh said the garment workers were being paid poverty wages and they would not be able to enjoy the Eid festival if they did not receive the April salary and festival allowances before Ramadan 20.
In addition, the abnormal increase in the prices of basic necessities has created problems in providing for the needs of low-wage families, Mantu said.
The organisation’s general secretary, Joly Talukder, said the wages commission for garment workers was announced about four years ago and they now only receive the minimum wage of Tk 8,000 per month.
She demanded a salary review by the salary council and Tk. 20,000 as the minimum wage for a garment worker.
The organization’s executive chairman Kazi Ruhul Amin, vice presidents Idris Ali, Ziaul Kabir Khokan, central leader Sadequr Rahman Shamim and others spoke at the rally.
The GWTUC will hold meetings, rallies and processions in garment factory industrial belt areas across the country ahead of Eid to press their demands.
The rally was followed by a protest procession that marched on different roads in the city.