Bangladesh Minimum Wages Board was established in the year 1959. Its genesis lies in the Convention No. 26 and Recommendation No. 30 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) adopted in its general conference held in 1928. By the Convention No. 26 the ILO undertook “to create or maintain machinery whereby minimum rates of wages” could be fixed for workers in trades/industries where no arrangement existed for effective regulation of the wages by collective agreement or otherwise. Under the Recommendation No. 30 the ILO recommended that “the minimum wage fixation machinery should operate by way of investigation into relevant conditions in the trade or part of trade concerned and consultation with employers and workers” thereof where views on all matters relating to the fixing of the minimum rates of wages should be given full consideration. It may be stated in this connection that the Minimum Wages Board is the only statutory wage-fixing government machinery in Bangladesh.
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