The government has taken an initiative to review the minimum wages for workers and employees in the country’s privately-owned road transport sector after nine years of last review.
The minimum wage for the road transport workers was last set in 2010 at Tk 6,300 as monthly gross pay including basic pay Tk 4,000, house rent Tk 1,600, medical allowance Tk 500 and travel allowance Tk 200.
The monthly minimum gross pay was set at Tk 4,900 for the employees in the sector in the year.
As per the Bangladesh labour law, the minimum wages for a sector must be reviewed after each five years.
The labour ministry on July 11 issued a gazette notification, appointing representatives from owners and workers in the privately-owned road transport 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 appointed one temporary representative from employers and one temporary representative from workers engaged in the sector.
Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association vice-president Md Abul Kalam has been appointed as the owners’ representative to the wage board while Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik League general secretary Md Ensur Ali has been appointed as the workers’ representative.
‘I am not aware about my appointment to the wage board as workers’ representative but we have been demanding a revision in the wages for long,’ Ensur told New Age on Monday.
He said that there were many labour organisations in the road transport sector but they had failed to protect the interest of workers as most of the worker leaders in the sector were the owners of buses and trucks.
Ensur said that they would demand Tk 8,000 as the minimum monthly basic pay for the road transport workers.
‘In the wage board I will fight for ensuring eight-hour working day and appointment letters for the road transport workers as almost all the workers in the sector work for 14-18 hours a day without any appointment letter,’ he said.
According to Ensur, there are more than 70 lakh workers in the road transport sector across the country.
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