RMG employees reject 56 percent salary hike

RMG employees reject 56 percent salary hike

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Workers have gone on strike demanding almost triple their wages, which has seen violent incidents in recent days, despite employers offering 25 percent.

The minimum wage is set by a state-appointed board that includes representatives of manufacturers, unions, and wage experts.

“The new minimum monthly wage for textile factory workers has been set at Taka 12,500 ($113),” board secretary Raisha Afroz told AFP.

This figure was immediately rejected by the unions, who were demanding a minimum of Tk 23,000.

Unions say their members have been badly hit by persistent inflation, which reached nearly 10 percent in October, and a rising cost of living due to a nearly 30 percent decline in the taka against the US dollar since the beginning of last year. Partially a crisis has arisen.

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