The discussion on the annual increase of monthly minimum wage of garment, textile and footwear workers in 2017 is scheduled to begin next month, according to the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.
The Labour Ministry said in the statement dated June 6 that the process will start in July with internal discussion of each party while the bilateral discussion is due in August, and the trilateral discussion in September.
October is set for the meeting of the Labour Advisory Commission to make a decision on the increase, and the new monthly minimum wage will come into force from Jan. 1, 2017, it pointed out.
The statement advised all parties to conduct surveys on social criteria such as family situation, inflation rate and cost of living, and on economic criteria including productivity, competitiveness, labour market situation and profit rate as well as poverty line, in order to use them as the basis for discussion.
The current minimum wage of garment, textile and footwear workers is US$140 per month, up from US$128 in 2014.