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Supreme Court to hear Noab’s arguments on 9th wage board April 21

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has set April 21 for the hearing of arguments from the Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) about granting the ninth wage board.

It also asked the NoabÕs president and general secretary to appear before the court through lawyers on April 21.

A five-member High Court bench led by Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan issued the order after a hearing on two separate petitions for leave to appeal filed by the government challenging the High Court’s ruling that deemed the cabinet committee’s recommendations in the ninth wage board award illegal.
Following a writ petition filed by Md Mabubuzzaman, the then secretary of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Employees Union, the High Court on November 6, 2022, delivered the verdict.

On November 25, 2020, the High Court issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain why it shall not declare illegal the recommendation made in the 9th Wage Board Award for journalists and workers of newspapers and news agencies, regarding income tax and gratuity.

On September 18, 2019, said the publication of the gazette notification on the new scales and recommendations of the 9th Wage Board was unrealistic and unacceptable as no newspaper in the country was capable of implementing it.

In a statement, signed by Noab President Matiur Rahman, the association said, in the gazette notification, all scales were increased by 80% to 85%, which was way above any other corresponding scale in the countryÕs industrial sector.

Mentioning the newspaper industry was going through its hardest time in history of Bangladesh, the statement also said apart from continually falling circulation and revenues from advertising, government advertisement rates remain low and large amounts of advertisement revenue always remain pending with government departments and the industry has to pay tax and VAT every step of the way.

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Supreme Court to hear Noab’s arguments on 9th wage board April 21

Update Time : 07:28:56 pm, Sunday, 18 February 2024

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has set April 21 for the hearing of arguments from the Newspapers Owners Association of Bangladesh (Noab) about granting the ninth wage board.

It also asked the NoabÕs president and general secretary to appear before the court through lawyers on April 21.

A five-member High Court bench led by Chief Justice Obaidul Hassan issued the order after a hearing on two separate petitions for leave to appeal filed by the government challenging the High Court’s ruling that deemed the cabinet committee’s recommendations in the ninth wage board award illegal.
Following a writ petition filed by Md Mabubuzzaman, the then secretary of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Employees Union, the High Court on November 6, 2022, delivered the verdict.

On November 25, 2020, the High Court issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain why it shall not declare illegal the recommendation made in the 9th Wage Board Award for journalists and workers of newspapers and news agencies, regarding income tax and gratuity.

On September 18, 2019, said the publication of the gazette notification on the new scales and recommendations of the 9th Wage Board was unrealistic and unacceptable as no newspaper in the country was capable of implementing it.

In a statement, signed by Noab President Matiur Rahman, the association said, in the gazette notification, all scales were increased by 80% to 85%, which was way above any other corresponding scale in the countryÕs industrial sector.

Mentioning the newspaper industry was going through its hardest time in history of Bangladesh, the statement also said apart from continually falling circulation and revenues from advertising, government advertisement rates remain low and large amounts of advertisement revenue always remain pending with government departments and the industry has to pay tax and VAT every step of the way.