Govt moves to review minimum wage for automobile workers

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 15 Jul 2017, 22:10:51

Govt moves to review minimum wage for automobile workers

Monira Munni

The government has initiated a move to review the minimum monthly wages for the workers of automobile workshop industry and tailor industry, more than seven years after revision of wages for the sectors, officials said.

The minimum monthly wages for tailor industry and automobile workshop industry were revised in 2008 and 2009 respectively, they added.

In this connection, they said, the labour ministry issued two circulars on July 02 last and announced the names of the representatives both from workers and owners for recommending minimum wages for the sectors.  

The wage board consists of a chairman, an independent member and one each permanent representative from employers and workers while one each temporary representative has been selected from the employers and workers of respective industries.

As per the gazette notifications, the labour ministry appointed Bangladesh Automobiles Workshop Malik Samity secretary general Md Jahangir Alam as the employers' representative and Bangladesh Motorjan Mechanic Federation president Mahbubur Rahman Ismail as workers' representative to the wage board.

Md Abul Kalam Azad, president of Bangladesh Dressmakers' Association, and Md Ayub Ali, president of Dhaka Mohanagar Darji Sramik League, have been appointed as owners and workers representatives respectively for the tailor sector.

The minimum wages for the workers of automobile workshops were fixed at Tk 1,930 in 2009, according to wage board officials.

At least 30,000 automobile workshops are in operation across the country that create employment for more than 2.5 million workers, said Mr Jahangir Alam.

Though the sector plays an important role in creating skilled mechanics and other professionals who work abroad and send home remittance, the sector is neglected, he said.

The industries ministry declared the sector as an industry in 2008, but they are yet to get any policy support from the government, he alleged.

Automobile sector workers' representative Mahbubur Rahman Ismail said they would hold a meeting with leaders of other sectors at the end of this month and would demand minimum wage of Tk 16,000 for the sector.

The government set monthly minimum wage of Tk 2,325 for the workers of the tailor industry in 2008.

There are about 35,000 tailor shops in the country, employing over 1.0 million workers who work on a piece rate basis, according to tailor industry people.
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