The Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed for eight weeks the two months’ status quo imposed by the High Court Division on implementation of the 9th Wage Board Award for the employees of newspapers and news agencies.
A four-judge bench chaired by the chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain granted the stay while disposing of a government appeal filed against the status quo granted by a High Court bench on August 6.
There was no legal bar now for publishing a gazette by information ministry within three months since the recommendations of 9th Wage Board Award for employees of newspapers and news agencies was sent to the government, said AF Hassan Ariff who appeared for Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh.
Hassan Ariff submitted that the cabinet committee unilaterally finalised the award without allowing the owners to place their objections as labour rules.
The Appellate Division said that rule 128 was applicable for factory workers, not journalists since the government constituted an Independent Wage Board under Section 143 (1) of the Bangladesh Labour Law 2006 to fix wage for newspapers’ employee.
Attorney general Mahbubey Alam submitted that there was no illegality in finalising the wage board award.
He submitted the attendance’s book showed that NOAB’s president Matiur Rahman and some of its members took part in the board’s meeting.
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