Workers lowest-paid people in Bangladesh: speakers

Sramik Federation for increase in wages

Staff Correspondent
National Labour Federation holds a rally in front of National Press Club in the capital on Friday, demanding increase in their wages of workers.— New Age photo

National Labour Federation holds a rally in front of National Press Club in the capital on Friday, demanding increase in their wages of workers.— New Age photo

A section of politicians and labour leaders at a city rally on Friday called on the Awami League-led government to take steps to enhance wages of the workers, immediately.
Jatiya Sramik Federation held a red flag rally in front of the National Press Club, to press its demands.
They argued that the government has enforced a fresh pay scale for its employees and officers, ignoring the mass workers who run the wheels of the economy.
A politburo member of the Workers Party of Bangladesh and also a member of the parliament, Hajera Sultana, said the labourers of the country are the lowest-paid people. ‘They live a miserable live with what they get,’ she said.
The parliamentarian said following the enforcement of new pay scale for public officials and employees, it is now the responsibility of the government to announce wages board for the workers of various sectors.
Another politburo member and also an MP, Mustafa Lutfullah, urged the government to announce national minimum wages for the workers as soon as possible.
Amirul Haque Amin, the general secretary of the organisation, who chaired the rally, demanded formation of wage commission for the workers in the state owned mills and factories and wage board for the workers of the privately owned mills and factory workers.
He told New Age that he was planning to carry out a study on the expenses of workers of various areas. He said he is also working to bring other labour organisation or forming one in jute mills, bakery, shop, and construction industries for taking the cause ahead.
‘I think a skilled apparel worker should be paid at least Tk 15,000-16,000 for a decent living in this city,’ Amin, also a leader of the apparel sector workers’ federation, said.
An unskilled apparel worker gets Tk 5,300 a month while a skilled one Tk 6,800 respectively.
A total of 21 lakh government officers and employees would be benefited due to the fresh pay scale. Besides, more than 6 crore workers would suffer for not having their wages upgraded.
Leaders of the organisation Tapan Dutta, Mohammad Delwar Hossain, Quamrul Ahasan and Safia Parvin also addressed the rally.
The rally was followed by a procession that paraded different city roads.

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