Government moves to bring 12 informal industrial sectors under minimum wage board

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 22,2019

 
 

A file photo shows a trader arranging ceramics products at a shop in Dhaka. The government has taken a move to include a dozen of labour intensive industries, including ceramics manufacturing units, under informal sector into formal industrial sector, to ensure lawful rights of the workers, including minimum wages. — New Age photo

The government has taken a move to include a dozen of labour intensive industries under informal sector into formal industrial sector, to ensure lawful rights of the workers, including minimum wages.

As per a recent directive of the labour ministry, the Department of Labour and Minimum Wage Board primarily identified 20 types of informal sector industries which could be brought under formal industrial sector, ministry officials said.

Out of newly identified industries, 12-13 types of industries might be included in the list of formal industrial sector, they said.

The ministry gave the instruction to the two bodies so that the workers could avail minimum wages and other benefits as per the labour laws. 

Of the total, DoL finalised a list of 13 types of informal sector industries — mobile operator, outsourcing, cement, jewellery, residential hotel, cable network, courier service, agricultural farm, fish farming, electric technicians, battery and auto rickshaw.

On the other hand, wage board recommended that seven types of informal sector industries could be brought under formal sector.

The industries are private hospital, clinic and diagnostic centre, dairy farm and dairy products producing sector, ceramics, cement, electric and electronics, brick field and poultry farm.

After the government decides which industries will be included in the formal sector, the Minimum Wage Board will take initiative to set minimum wages for the workers.

‘We are scrutinising the proposals received from the field level on the inclusion of informal industries in industrial sector and the list is yet be to finalised,’ AKM Mizanur Rahman, director general of DoL, told New Age on Saturday.

He said that the DoL would soon submit its recommendations to the labour ministry.

There are 42 types of industries under formal industrial sector in the country and the wage board sets the minimum wages for the workers of the sector.

Workers of the formal sector enjoy legal benefits as per the labour law while nearly 90 per cent of the total workforce under informal sector is being deprived of such benefits.

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