Mentioning that the country’s RMG sector is passing through a fragile time, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Tuesday said a conspiracy is on both internationally and locally to create anarchy in the vital sector.
He said the prices of products in the major export markets are continuously declining while the domestic production cost has marked a rise by 13 percent.
“What’s happening in the RMG sector is suicidal…if such a situation continues, many owners won’t be able to pay salaries, bonus before Eid-ul-Azha,” BGMEA acting President SM Mannan Kochi said reading out a written statement at a press conference.
President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association AKM Selim Osman, President of Bangladesh Textiles Mills Association (BTMA) Jahangir Alamin, former BGMEA president Abdus Salam Murshedy, M Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, BGMEA former vice president M Siddiqur Rahman and BGMEA directors were, among others, present.
The press conference was arranged at the BGMEA conference room to brief media about the overall situation in the country’s RMG sector.
Mentioning a recent BBC report, the BGMEA acting President said they will invite the BBC formally to carry out inspection in the RMG factories. “We request the BBC authorities to do it through formal or informal declaration. We’ll support them.”
He also said the BGMEA will take action if any factory owner is found guilty for violating rules.
Mannan Kochi expressed grave concern over the vandalism, arson and anarchic situation in the RMG sector.
He said a wage board has been formed in consultation with the government having representation from all parties and the board held five meetings so far.
“We’ve placed a proposal of Tk 3600 as the minimum wage while the workers representative proposed Tk 8114. It’s a primary proposal,” he added.
The BGMEA leader said it is a continuous process and the next meeting of the wage board will be held on October 21. “We hope the board will come up with the minimum wage structure by November this year,” Mannan Kochi said.