Bangladesh eyes minimum wage

The Embassy of Bangladesh in the UAE is considering the introduction of a minimum wage for its workers working in the UAE.

The Embassy of Bangladesh in the UAE is considering the introduction of a minimum wage for its workers working in the UAE.

The move follow news reports last week that Bangladesh had fixed a new minimum wage for unskilled workers in Saudi Arabia, which is expected to come into effect on 1 July 2008.

Speaking to Construction Week, the Bangladeshi labour attaché, Mr Moniruzzaman said: "When Bangladesh introduces a minimum wage, it is introduced across the board for everyone. At the moment, we are discussing what the minimum wage could be and when we might introduce it. Once everything is finalised we will discuss its introduction everywhere."

Moniruzzaman added that he could not confirm whether Bangladesh had definitely introduced a minimum wage requirement for its citizens in Saudi Arabia, but said he was certain that the country was looking to introduce one across the region.

According to news reports, Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia who receive food and lodgings as part of their contract will receive US $147 (SAR550) per month, while those who receive only lodgings will get $200 and those who do not get either food or lodgings will receive $253.

In addition, the Ministry of Expatriate's Welfare and Overseas Employment was reported as saying that no visas would be approved for contracts that offer less than the minimum wage.

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