Media employee invoice placed in JS

The Mass Media Employees (Conditions of Services) Bill 2022 was tabled in parliament yesterday, which stipulates conditions of employment for journalists and media employees.

Salaries and benefits for journalists, media employees and workers, performers in broadcast, online and print media would be set under the proposed law.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud tabled the bill in the House, which was sent to the relevant ministry’s parliamentary standing committee for consideration.

The parliamentary watchdog was asked to submit its report to the House within 60 days.

According to the bill, journalists will be called “media professionals“, not “workers”.

It also indicates that the salary commission will apply to journalists and employees of all media, including print and electronic media.

According to the bill, the minimum working hours for media workers will be 48 hours per week. They will be entitled to occasional leave of 15 days instead of 10 days and to earned leave of 100 days instead of 60 days per year.

It also states that if a reporter or employee works beyond the stipulated time, he or she will be entitled to overtime pay.

In addition, journalists and employees will be granted 10 days of festival leave every year, 15 days of leisure leave every three years, and six months of maternity leave instead of the existing leave of eight weeks.

If any individual or organization violates the provisions of the bill, they will be liable to a fine of Tk 50,000 to Tk 5 lakh.

On October 15, 2018, the Cabinet approved the Mass Media Employees (Conditions of Service) Bill in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Secretariat.

Under the proposed law, the government will be able to cancel a media outlet’s license or registration. Media owners will also be punished for flouting the law.

Once the new law is passed in parliament and signed by the president, the jobs of media employees will no longer be governed by labor laws.

Currently, journalists and media employees are called “workers” under labor law.

According to the bill, a salary council will be formed for media professionals.

The wages board will set their salaries and allowances in accordance with the government employee salary scale and this will apply to all media owners.

Each media will constitute a contingency fund which will be applicable to a new employee after one year of service instead of two years. An employee will contribute 8-10% of their base salary to the fund, currently 7%, and an equal amount will be deposited into the fund by the media owner, the bill says.

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