Ensuring workers' compensation as a right
Getting due compensation is the most important right of every worker. In fact, almost all rights of the workers are violated intentionally in Bangladesh. In recent times, we experienced two huge accidents in garment sector. The consequent events always remain the same in such accidents. Compensating the victims is the most important thing usually ignored by all. But do we have any law regarding compensation? How do we determine the amount of monetary compensation and other damages that should be given to specific victims?
The prime minister handed over cheques to the victims of Rana Plaza and the government also provided them with medical costs and other supports. Besides, many humanitarian organisations and philanthropists also provided the victims with financial support. The BGMEA said they gave the victims one month's salary. My point is, we gave them grant, not compensation. Giving due compensation needs specific procedure and law. Providing grant is easier than paying compensation. The government should pass legislation on workers' compensation so as not to deprive them of their basic rights.