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DHAKA - Union leaders in Bangladesh are urging the government to reject a plea by garment manufacturers to suspend a planned five per cent hike in the minimum wage for garment workers because of the pandemic.

The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) wants the minimum wage to be frozen for two years to help its members survive the economic impact of COVID-19.

However, the Samilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF) says garment workers are already facing abject poverty and desperately need the money to support their families.

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