The government has taken an initiative to review the minimum wages for the workers within the country’s press sector in accordance with the Bangladesh labour act.
The minimum wages for the workers within the sector were last set within the year of 2011 with the minimum monthly pay of Tk 4,450 that has Tk 3,000 as basic pay, Tk 1,050 as house rent, Tk 300 as medical allowance and Tk 100 as transport allowance.
The labour ministry issued a gazette notification on January 27, announcing the names of the representatives from workers and owners for recommending the wage .
According to the gazette notification, the labour ministry appointed Md Zahurul Islam, general secretary of Bangladesh Mudron Shilpa Samity (BMSS), because the employers’ representative and Md Saiful Khan, president of Robin Printing and Packaging Workers Union, because the workers’ representative to the wage board.
The wage board consists of a md , one independent member, one each permanent representative from the employers and workers while one each temporary representative from the employers and workers.
The workers’ and employers’ representatives are selected from the respective industry.
Industry people said there have been some 4,000-5,000 printing industries in Bangladesh with about 4 lakh workers.