Siddiqur Rahman, the representative of the owner of the lowest wage board, said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has created history by increasing the wages of Bangladeshi workers by 56.25 percent. He made this comment while addressing the opening ceremony of the 15th edition of Denim Expo at Bashundhara International Convention City of the capital on Wednesday (November 8).
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi was the chief guest of the event. Apart from this, BGMEA President Farooq Hasan and Senior Vice President SM Mannan Kochi and many others were present.
Later in his speech, the commerce minister supported the speech of the former president of BGMEA. He also wished the success of Denim Expo in highlighting the continuous success of the garment industry made in the country.
Regarding the labor movement, Siddiqur Rahman said, our labor brothers and sisters are very disciplined and polite, their tireless efforts to reach the current state of the industry, their love and our efforts have reached today’s level.
He claimed that even after 56 percent wage increase, some leaders of the organizations leading the workers are misinforming the workers and inciting them.
He said, this wage has been determined on the instructions of the Prime Minister. Even after 56.25 percent salary increase, if this continues, the buyers will turn away. We would be wrong if we think that buyers have no alternative market. They will turn away and go elsewhere.
Addressing the workers, workers brothers do not fall into the trap of those who lead you. You have to take responsibility to protect your own factories. It is no longer our property, it is now a national resource.
The Prime Minister said about the rationing that the ration system will be introduced for the workers. Earlier requested to collect through family card for urgent needs.
The organizers of Denim Expo said that more than 80 companies from 12 countries including Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany, Vietnam, Japan, India, Singapore, Switzerland participated in this year’s event. These institutions are exhibiting their invented and manufactured textiles, garments, yarns, machines, finishing equipment and materials.