Minimum Wages in Bangladesh for Garment Workers in 2024

On 11 November 2023, the Ministry of Labour and Employment issued a gazette notification announcing Tk12,500 as the minimum monthly wage for the apparel industry (The Business Standard).

The new changes in wages:

Garde 3 and 4: Tk 13,550
Grade 2: Tk 14,273
Grade 1: Tk 15,035

In the meeting, among the five grades, Grade-4 was merged with Grade-3. So, now the final pay is unchanged for Grade-3 but raised for Grade-4, and it has been revised to Tk13,550 which was previously ‍announced as Tk13,025. Similarly, Grade-2 has been increased from Tk14,150 to Tk14,273 and Grade-1 has been increased from Tk14,750 to Tk15,035. (The Business Standard)

The U.S. News published:

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh announced a new salary structure on Tuesday for protesting garment factory workers with a 56% increase in the monthly minimum wage to $113 from the previous $75, a decision rejected by some workers' groups as too small.

State Minister for Labor and Employment Monnujan Sufian announced the decision after a meeting of a government-formed wage board made up of representatives of factory owners and workers. She said the new pay structure will take effect Dec. 1.

Sources and more stories on this topic:

Bangladesh Increases Garment Workers Minimum Pay By 56%: Report

Tk12,500 minimum wage finalised for RMG, calls for increases unheeded

Bangladesh Hikes Minimum Wage for Garment Workers After Protests

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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