Tannery Workers Union Advocates for Minimum Wage Boost Amid Economic Pressures in Bangladesh

The country's tannery workers have demanded that factory owners increase their minimum monthly salary to Tk25,000 ($212.45)from the existing Tk13,500 ($114.84).
Tannery Workers Union Advocates for Minimum Wage Boost Amid Economic Pressures in Bangladesh

In a recent development, the Tannery Workers Union (TWU) has made a significant demand for a minimum wage hike in Bangladesh’s tannery industry. The call came during a Stakeholder Consultation Meeting held at the Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka on June 4th.

“We have presented our demands. Due to inflation, food, and other expenses have increased. Hence, a worker will need a minimum salary of Tk25,000 ($212.45)”

Md Abdul Malek, TWU General Secretary, emphasized the urgency of the situation

Malek highlighted the economic challenges faced by workers, underscoring the necessity for a substantial wage increase to cope with the escalating cost of living. He further expressed concern over the lack of clarity from the owners regarding the proposed salary adjustment, stating, “The owners are yet to inform how much of our salary they would increase.”

It’s crucial to note that the current basic wages and allowances for tannery workers were fixed at Tk13,500 ($114.84) under the minimum grade-5, as per a gazette published by the government in 2018. However, with the evolving economic landscape and the persistent inflationary pressures, there arises a pressing need to reassess and revise the existing wage structure.

In response to the growing demand for wage revision, the government has taken steps to establish a minimum wage board specifically for the tannery industry. This board comprises representatives from both employers and workers, tasked with deliberating and negotiating various proposals related to the minimum wage.

The deliberations within the minimum wage board are expected to address the concerns raised by the TWU and other stakeholders regarding fair compensation and economic sustainability for tannery workers.

In conclusion, the demand put forth by the TWU underscores the importance of ensuring equitable remuneration for workers in the tannery industry amidst economic challenges. As discussions progress within the minimum wage board, stakeholders remain hopeful for a resolution that balances the interests of both workers and employers while fostering sustainable growth in the sector.

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