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Bangladesh urged to sanction ILO Convention 190

May 07, 2021
Bangladesh urged to sanction ILO Convention 190

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh should sanction ILO Convention 190 to eliminate workplace violence, said speakers at the recently held webinar. Consent of employers, workers, and civil society can be taken for the endorsement.

According to Humaira Aziz, Director, CARE Bangladesh, 61.7% women workers experience harassment of different types at workplace. She further said that sexual harassment by male workers is the most common. Also, around 20% female workers have either left or switched their jobs due to the unfavourable behaviour of the management. Ms Aziz also stated that Bangladesh has ratified 33 ILO Conventions so far, which also includes seven fundamental conventions. 

The need of the hour is that Bangladesh should amend or include some provisions in the existing labour and workplace safety-related laws and rules.

According to Faruque Hassan, President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the garment industry is the most advanced amongst all sectors in the country, so other industries that need further improvement in work conditions should be focused while considering ratifying the ILO Convention 190.

According to Dr Atiur Rahman, UnSy Chairperson and Former Central Bank Governor, a roadmap should be created to set a time to ratify the ILO Convention 190 by taking opinion from stakeholders. He also added that the sectors should be made aware of their position and condition in global competition when improvement in workspace safety is concerned.

Source: The Financial Express

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