Commend Bangladesh for Raising Wages of Textile Workers

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Target: Bangladesh Textile Minister Abdul Latif Siddique

Goal: Show support for raising the wages of factory textile workers

Recently, the Bangladesh government announced it would be collaborating with workers’ unions in the country to raise the minimum wage for factory textile workers. This change comes in response to an industrial disaster in April that resulted in the death of over a thousand workers. Officials in the country clearly see that working in textile factories is dangerous work, and the workers need appropriate compensation. This move is a step forward to rebuilding the country after the disaster.

The government has put together a panel with factory owners and union representatives to discuss raising the minimum wage. The creator of the panel, Textile Minister Abdul Latif Siddique, has said that there is no doubt the wages will be raised. The last time the minimum wage was raised for textile workers was in November 2010, by 80 percent. After the recent disaster, workers demanded higher wages. The creation of this panel shows that the government agrees these workers deserve to be paid more for working in such harsh conditions.

Raising the wages is a good change for the country. The disaster has left many factory textile workers unsure about their jobs. Raising the minimum wage for these workers will compensate them for the dangerous conditions they face. The Bangladesh government should be commended for recognizing the need for the change. Applaud the government for making this change.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Siddique:

Recently, you announced the creation of a panel to discuss raising the minimum wage for factory textile workers. You also announced that the minimum wage will undoubtedly be increased. This is in response to recent factory disasters resulting in many deaths. You have recognized the need to improve conditions for these workers and to compensate them for the conditions they do face.

I applaud you for the creation of this panel. The factory textile workers in Bangladesh deserve appropriate compensation for the work they do in these dangerous conditions. By creating the panel, you have shown that you recognize this fact and will work towards improving compensation. Thank you for supporting these workers.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. I was pleased to read of the decision to raise the salary of workers in the textile industry, but more importantly is the need to update Occupational Health & Safety. This is far more important than money. These people neeed to know that safety issues have been upgraded & they can go to work without worrying about another collapse of the buildings they are working in. Extra floors were added to the building without any proper inspections as to wether the building could take the strain of these additions. Safety was overlooked & worker’s were sent back into the buildings to continue working when it was clear that the builing was not safe. You can’t measure the amount of a thousand deaths that could clearly have been avoided if safety had been the main priority. Are lives still being put at risk with the offer of more money ?? I didn’t see any mention of the safety risk involved, Is this just a matter of trying to buy public sympathy without addressing the underlying problems..

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