Bangladeshi gov't announces new water transport worker pay scale

14:31, June 28, 2010      

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The Bangladeshi government through a gazette notification Sunday announced new pay scales for the water transport workers in three categories, according to local media on Monday.

Labor Directorate Director Abu Taleb Mia announced the new wage structure, leading English newspaper The Daily Star reported.

The newly published gazette fixed a minimum basic salary of 3, 000 taka and maximum 6,720 taka for the workers of sea coasters, coastal tankers and inland water cargo vessels and barges.

They will also get 60 percent of their basic as house rent, 700 taka as medical allowance and another 250 taka as laundry allowance.

Workers of all kinds of private shallow tankers will get a minimum basic wage of 2,555 taka and maximum 5,890 taka in addition to 55 percent as house rent, 700 taka as medical allowance and another 250 taka for laundry.

For the workers of passenger launches, goods-laden cargo vessels, twin launches, inland barges and bulkhead vessels which use for dredging and carrying sand, the new minimum basic salary will be 2,190 taka and maximum 5,280 taka.

They will be given 20 percent of their salary as house rent, 700 taka as medical allowance and another 250 taka for laundry.

Earlier, the water transport workers called strikes for three times demanding new wage scale.

Nearly 20,000 major ferries ply across Bangladesh, criss- crossed by around 250 rivers, and transport over 100,000 passengers per day. (1 U.S. dollar equals to 70 taka)

Source: Xinhua


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