The minimum wage board has finalised its recommendations setting Tk 8,500 as gross monthly minimum wage for the glass and silicate industry workers raising the gross wage from existing Tk 5,000.
The board also incorporated a provision of 5 per cent yearly increment on basic pay.
The labour ministry formed the minimum wage board for the glass and silicate industry workers in January this year through appointing Khondoker Gyasuddin, executive director (administration) of Bengal Glass Works Limited as the employers’ representative and Sheikh Taj Uddin, president of Usmania Glass Sheet Sramik-Karmachari Union, as the workers’ representative to the board.
The board published the proposal along with other recommendations in Bangladesh Gazette on November 14.
It also sought, if there is any, written objections against or suggestions on the recommendations in 14 days.
Earlier, the minimum monthly wages for the workers and employees of glass and silicate industry were set in 2011.
In its latest recommendation, the wage board incorporated six grades for workers in the sector.
For unskilled workers living out of divisional and district towns, the board proposed Tk 8,500 as the minimum monthly wage.
The amount includes basic pay of Tk 5,000, 40 per cent of the basic pay (Tk 2,000) as house rent, Tk 1000 as medical allowance and Tk 500 as travel allowance.
For all the grades, the house rent allowance would be 50 per cent of basic for the workers in divisional and district towns, the board proposed.
The wage board proposed minimum wage for semi-skilled-2 workers at Tk 10,138 that includes Tk 6,170 as basic pay, 40 per cent of the basic pay as house rent, Tk 1000 as medical allowance and Tk 500 as travel allowance.
For the semi-skilled-1, the proposed minimum wage is Tk 12,000 with Tk 7,500 as basic pay.
In the proposals, the minimum wage for the skilled-2 workers has been set at Tk 13,176 with basic pay at Tk 8,340 and for skilled-1 workers gross pay at Tk 14,338 with Tk 9,170 as basic pay.
According to the recommendations, the gross pay for the high skilled workers has been set at Tk 15,500 with Tk 10,000 as basic pay.
The wage board has suggested Tk 6,500 as the monthly gross pay for the apprentice workers with the provision of a three-month apprenticeship.
According to the sector people, there were about 50 glass factories including some small establishments across the country with around 20,000 workers.
Some 30 factories (large and medium) have been paying their workers as per the wage board and there was no unrest in the sector, they said.
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