A report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) suggested that extending the minimum wage to domestic workers could contribute to reducing wage inequality by 51.8 per cent in Bangladesh.
The report ‘Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: Progress and prospects 10 years after the adoption of the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011’ also said domestic workers in Bangladesh are excluded from the minimum wage coverage and they have no limitation of working hours.
The report revealed that the rights of domestic workers in Bangladesh were largely ignored as the labour force remained excluded from the scope of the county’s labour laws.
It showed China holds the first position providing 22 million domestic workers while the position of Bangladesh is the fourth with 1.5 million workers.
According to the report, the domestic workers in Bangladesh have no entitlement to weekly rest and they are excluded from the provision of paid annual leave.
The ILO report also found that the domestic workers in Bangladesh had no entitlement to maternity leave and maternity cash benefits.
The report detected 34.3 per cent pay gap between domestic workers and other employees in the country and 37.8 per cent pay gap between women domestic workers and other women employees.