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 machinery in Bangladesh.