Workers demand upgrade of labour law to ILO standards
A workers' forum yesterday demanded the government amends the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 in line with International Labour Organisation's conventions.
The forum, known as Shramik Karmachari Oikyo Parishad (SKOP), demanded at least Tk 7,000 as minimum wage and 20 percent dearness allowance -- to help them cope with the recent price hike of essentials.
The platform also urged the government to remunerate the employees of Hall-Mark Group with Tk 15,000 each.
The forum organised a human chain in front of the National Press Club, where Hall-Mark's workers were also present, to press home their demands.
â€œIn the free market economy, prices of essentials may increase anytime so the real wage of workers must also be adjusted to the price hike,â€ said Wajed-ul Islam Khan, convener of SKOP.
Khan, also the secretary of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, demanded an amendment to the Bangladesh Labour Act to international standards, and urged the government to organise training for Bangladeshi workers.
â€œThe government should introduce a ration system by providing essential commodities at a low price,â€ he said.
Khan also suggested implementing a quota system to ensure job access for women. The industry owners should provide child care facilities for women workers, he added.
The existing minimum wage for the readymade garment workers failed to provide for their living costs, which has doubled in recent times, said Sukur Ahmed, president of Jatiya Shramik League.
He stressed the need workers to be part of a trade union, as the union would facilitate settlement of disputes between the workers and factory owners.