The minimum wage for the tea garden workers has been proposed Tk 117 daily which is ignored by the labour union in the sector as a worker representative to the board
Ram Bhajan Kaori, worker representative to the board told on Monday, ‘The tea garden workers have been receiving the amount for the last two and a half years under a negotiation between workers and owners. The wage board has recommended the same amount as the minimum wage through a “unilateral” gazette notification issued on Sunday.
Kaori told that they had proposed the minimum wage Tk 300 per day and festival allowance equivalent to two months’ wages. But the wage board recommended depositing 0.03 per cent of the companies’ total sales to the workers’ welfare fund, he informed.
Tahsin Ahmed Chowdhury, chief operating officer of Consolidate Tea & Lands Company Bangladesh Limited and the owners’ representative to the wage board, said that the wages of tea garden workers were usually set through negotiations between trade unions and owners and the workers received payment higher than the amount set by the wage board.