DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh raised the minimum wage for its millions of garment workers by 80 percent on Tuesday, following months of violent protests over pay and conditions, an official said. An emergency wage board committee of government officials, garment manufacturers and union leaders announced the minimum monthly wage would rise from 1,662 taka the lowest industry salary worldwide to 3,000 taka (43 dollars). The wage board has said the minimum wage will be set at 3,000 taka, which will include medical and housing allowances, Iktedar Ahmed, head of the government minimum wage board, told reporters after the boards final meeting. For months, Bangladeshs workers who make clothing for leading Western brands have taken to the streets, organising protests that have seen factories ransacked and led to clashes with police. On June 22, hundreds of thousands of workers closed the key Ashulia export area that produces for brands such as Wal-Mart, H & M and Marks & Spencer, a major blow for an industry aiming to steal contracts from Chinese competitors. Some workers unions have agreed to the wage hike, Habibur Rahman Siraj, a union representative at the wage board, told AFP, while others rejected the deal as insufficient. We do not accept this, it is not enough to ensure a decent standard of living for workers and we will organise protests, said Mosherafa Mishu, head of the Garment Workers Unity Forum. This is an 80 percent rise but the cost of living has gone up more than that since 2006, we want 5,000 taka, she said. The previous minimum wage of 1,662 taka was set in 2006 after months of violent street protests. Garment manufacturers, who have staunchly resisted any significant wage increase, say implementation of the new pay deal should be delayed as it will affect the price of current orders. After the wage board announced its decision, manufacturers rushed to lobby Bangladeshs Labour Minister, who is expected to make a formal announcement of the hike. The garment industry enjoyed record sales last month, with Bangladesh shipping 1.72 billion dollars of goods in June, the highest monthly export in the countrys 40-year history. Even though the government has guaranteed workers a wage hike, enforcement is likely to be difficult. A quarter of Bangladeshs garment factories do not comply with current mandatory standards on pay, working hours and conditions, commerce ministry spokesman Faizul Haque told AFP last week.