Dispute settlement centre for RMG sector
A workshop on assessing feasibility of a national dispute settlement centre for the readymade garments sector was held at the Lake Castle Hotel in Dhaka on Monday.
The proposed medium will act as a pilot concept at the national level to serve as an intervention to resolve labour disputes, provide pro-active legal advisory services and support the workers and management in resolving industrial conflicts.
The Integrated Community and Industrial Development Initiative Bangladesh (INCIDIN), which has also developed feasibility study on the establishment of this centre, organised the workshop with support from GIZ.
The event was facilitated by the Promotion of Social and Environmental Standards in the Industry, a joint project of the governments of Bangladesh and Germany implemented by the Deutsche GesellschaftfürinternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
“This is a proposal. We at GIZ believe that sustainable development of the RMG sector requires the involvement and cooperation of all relevant stakeholders. Thus, we follow a multi-level approach," said Olaf Handloegten, country director of GIZ.
"We as GIZ advisers, would like to stimulate a discussion on this issue and hope that in the end we can come up with a fruitful result.”
The concept of individual dispute settlement centre may be examined in order to promote better industrial relations in RMG sector of Bangladesh, said Md Israfil Alam, member of the parliament and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment ministry.
A study says there is a high demand for an independent national mediation centre to settle industrial disputes of the RMG sector, said AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh.
The study was conducted by consulting with BGMEA, BKMEA, individual entrepreneurs, worker's representatives, NGOs, workers and as well as reviewing current best practices and lessons learned in the sector.