The Left Democratic Alliance (LDA), a platform of eight left-leaning political parties, has demanded that the government fix the minimum wage for the workers of the readymade garment (RMG) industry at Tk 16,000.Otherwise, the workers would launch demonstration to press home their demand for pay hike, said a statement issued by the LDA. It placed the demand at a meeting held at Mukti Bhaban in the city’s Purana Paltan area.

The leftist leaders said the proposals for minimum wage of Tk 6,360 and Tk 12,020 placed by the garment factory owners and workers’ representatives respectively are not acceptable at all. The proposed wage for the workers is not compatible with current market situation, they added. Presided over by Alliance coordinator and Biplabi Workers Party General Secretary Saiful Haque, the meeting was also addressed by Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Mujahidul Islam Selim, CPB General Secretary Md Shah Alam, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) General Secretary Khalequzzaman, BSD (Marxist) leader Shuvranshu Chakraborty, Ganasanghati Andolan Chief Coordinator Zonayed Saki and Ganatantrik Biplabi Party General Secretary Moshrefa Mishu.