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DHAKA - Around 20 per cent of garment factories in Bangladesh are not paying a minimum wage to workers – that's the claim of the Bangladesh Trade Union Centre (BTUC). General Secretary Dr Wajed-ul-Islam Khan this week told local press: "As the workers are being exploited by the factory owners, it creates grievances among them. The grievances of the workers may explode in the future." The minimum wage in Bangladesh currently stands at 5,300 taka per month, which is around US $68.

The union leader's comments come on the eve of the first Dhaka Apparel Summit, which takes place 7-9 December 2014, and is organised by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). Responsible textile sourcing and worker conditions will be on the agenda at the Summit, the theme of which is 'Bangladesh RMG 2021: 50 Billion USD in 50 Years'. Environmental Sustainability - A must' is one of five seminars at the event which have an environmental or social angle, as Bangladesh increasingly looks to embrace sustainable textile issues.

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