Vol. 5 Num 732 Mon. June 19, 2006  
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16 RMG labour bodies declare 7-day agitation

Sixteen garments workers organisations jointly declared a week-long agitation programme beginning from Tuesday for realising their eight-point demand including 30 per cent dearness allowance until announcement of minimum wages by the recently formed wage board.

The leaders of the organisations at a joint press conference yesterday warned of tougher programmes including strike to come from a grand rally on June 30 in Dhaka if their demands are not met by this time.

The agitation programme includes workers rally at Muktangon on June 21, workers rally and demonstration all over the country including Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj, Savar and Gazipur on June 23, demonstration and laying siege to the offices of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) on June 24.

After fixing Tk 930 minimum wage for a garment worker in 1994, there has been no review of it while a memorandum of understanding was recently signed among the government, owners, and workers leaders who have no connection with the real garment workers, the leaders said.

Such agreement would hardly bring any benefit to the garment workers, they added.

Towhidur Rahman read out the agitation programme and replied to journalists' questions at the conference.

The organisations demanded signing tripartite agreement with the representatives of the garment workers bodies, giving 30 per cent dearness allowance for the interim period before announcing the new minimum wage, amendments to the wage board, a solution to the piece rate problem at the sweater factories, formation of a tripartite monitoring committee for implementation of the agreement and ensuring safety and security of the workers.