The government has taken an initiative to review the minimum wages for the workers of country’s steel re-rolling mills in accordance with the Bangladesh labour act.
The minimum wages for the workers of the sector were last set in the year of 2011 with minimum monthly pay of Tk 4,600.
As per the labour act, the minimum wages for a sector have to be reviewed after each five years.
The labour ministry on January 31 issued a gazette notification appointing representatives from owners and workers from the steel re-rolling mills sector to the minimum wage board.
The board consists of a chairman, an independent member, a permanent representative from employers and a permanent representative from workers.
The labour ministry will appoint one temporary representative from employers and one temporary representative from workers engaged in the sector.
Bangladesh Re-Rolling Mills Association vice-president Mohammad Abu Bakar Siddique has been appointed as factory owners’ representative while Tofail Ahmed, organising secretary of Jatiya Sramik League, has been appointed as workers’ representative to the board.
Abu Bakar, however, told New Age on Monday that he was not aware about his appointment to the wage board as factory owners’ representative.
Replying to a question, he said that he did not have any statistics on the number of factories and workers in the steel re-rolling mills sector across the country.
Bangladesh Re-Rolling Mills Association president Mohammad Ali said that there were around 300 re-rolling steel mills across the country while the number of auto re-rolling steel mills was 40.
He said there were approximately 1.5 lakh workers and staff in the sector.
Ali said that the sector people had been engaged in discussions with the government over introducing separate wage structures for the workers of re-rolling and auto re-rolling mills.
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