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Buyers Call for Bangladeshi Labor Forum

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A coalition of clothing buyers, led by Swedish fast-fashion giant Heinz & Mauritz, has called on the Bangladeshi government to establish a forum for buyers to raise concerns about labor issues.

According to just-style.com, the coalition of nearly 20 buyers includes Marks and Spencer, Walmart, Gap and Carrefour. These companies have called on Bangladeshi labor minister Khandar Musharraf Hossain to form a permanent liaison for buyers to air labor-related grievances.

Among the issues for which the buyers are seeking to dialogue are the state of the Bangladeshi minimum wage and the recent episodes of worker unrest that have upset the country’s garment manufacturing districts.

While Bangladeshi officials remain uncertain about whether changes to the minimum wage would solve the country’s labor issues, the coalition of buyers has nonetheless called for regular review of the country’s minimum wage.

As of the present, Bangladeshi workers are still demanding a 30% pay hike, one of the primary issues that caused widespread riots this June, and the temporary closure of some 300 of the country’s garment manufacturing factories.

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