On 23 August, amfori sent letters to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister as well as the Minimum Wage Board urging them to ensure a substantial increase of the minimum wage for the ready-made garment (RMG) industry.
The minimum wage has not been raised since 2013 and amfori’s members are concerned by the delay in reaching an amicable solution, fearing a repetition of unrest and industrial collapse.
The business partners of amfori’s members’ commit to respect the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct; which includes the right for workers to receive fair remuneration. For more information, please consult the amfori BSCI System Manual and amfori BSCI Code of Conduct.
amfori put forward the following recommendations to the Bangladeshi government:
- Determine a fair minimum wage that corresponds to living standards;
- Create a dedicated team of experts to monitor that wages are duly paid;
- Establish a functional and transparent mechanism, involving all relevant stakeholders, which foresees a yearly wage review;
- Arrange regular research and dialogue with relevant stakeholders to inform them of fair trading practices and to publish these outcomes and the action plans of the Wage Board.
The letter to the Prime Minister also stresses the need to extend the mandate of the Accord for at least another six months to ensure the Remediation Coordination Cell’s capacity to fully take over from the Accord and enable them to facilitate a safe and healthy RMG industry in Bangladesh.
amfori’s President will use the opportunity of his visit in Dhaka in November to further discuss these issues with all relevant stakeholders in Bangladesh.