The minimum wage board has finalised its recommendations for setting Tk 16,240 as the gross monthly minimum wage for construction and wood sector workers, raising the gross wage from the existing Tk 9,982.
The board has also recommended Tk 620 as minimum wage for daily basis workers, raising the amount from the existing Tk 375.
The board incorporated a provision of 5 per cent yearly increment on basic pay for workers in the sector.
The board, formed to review the wages for the sector workers, published the proposal on November 25 along with other recommendations in a Gazette notice seeking, if any, written objections against or suggestions on the recommendations within 14 days.
The government formed the wage board in March to review the minimum wage for construction and wood workers, eight years after the last review was done in 2012.
The wage board has in its recommendations incorporated six grades for workers in the sector.
For grade 6, the board has proposed Tk 16,240 as the minimum monthly wage for workers in rural areas. The amount includes basic pay of Tk 11,800, 30 per cent of the basic pay or Tk 3,540 as house rent, Tk 600 as medical allowance and Tk 300 as travel allowance.
The wage board has recommended a minimum wage of Tk 18,450 for grade 5 workers that includes Tk 13,500 as basic pay, 30 per cent of the basic pay as house rent in district and upazila town areas, Tk 600 as medical allowance and Tk 300 as travel allowance.
For grade 4, the proposed minimum wage is Tk 19,880 with Tk 14,600 as basic pay while for grade 3 the board has proposed Tk 22,610 with Tk 16,700 as basic pay, for grade 2 Tk 24,560 with Tk 18,200 as basic pay and for grade 1 Tk 26,510 with Tk 19,700 as basic pay.
For all the grades, house rent in the cities would be 40 per cent of the basic pay.
For apprentice workers, the wage board has suggested Tk 10,000 as the monthly gross pay with the provision of a six-month apprenticeship.
It also recommended Tk 500 for daily basis apprentice workers.
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