The government decided to increase the minimum wage for garment and footwear industry workers by $2 to $192 per month for 2021, a decision that has left unions and employers dissatisfied after the two parties failed to come to an agreement in talks that ended September 10. The National Council on Minimum Wage (NCMW) approved […]
The first three-party meeting to set the minimum wage for garment and footwear industry workers for 2021 was held September 3, with employer representatives seemingly looking to avoid a raise due to economic struggles in the wake of Covd-19, and unions proposing a nearly $12 increase.
Garment factory unions and workers have called on the government to adhere to its schedule to negotiate a minimum wage increase for workers this year after the garment industry’s representative group released a statement calling for annual wage negotiations to be delayed.
Garment manufacturers this week lobbied for more cost-saving policies to offset the rise in the sector’s minimum wage.
Twenty-four garment factory workers were killed on the roads in the first half of the year and nearly 1,000 injured — an issue that should be tackled with as much attention as given to annual minimum wage increases, workers, unions and employers said.