Dhaka, Bangladesh
'Existing laws failing to protect workers'

'Existing laws failing to protect workers'

Unnayan Onneshan, an independent multidisciplinary think-tank, states that the development in Bangladesh is an aggregate product of multiple factors while labour remains at the core, yet labourers are dispossessed by a number of ways, reports UNB.
The research organisation has launched a book on the auspicious event of the International Labour Day titled 'Accumulation and Alienation:
State of Labour in Bangladesh 2013'.
The research organisation says that the fundamental challenge and the reasons for dispossession of labour in Bangladesh is the growing gaps between the creation of employment and the requirements for the new entrants into the labour force.
The growth rate of youth labour force during the period from 1999-2000 to 2010 has stood at 3.72 percent while the growth rate of total labour force was 3.37 percent per year.
"There is a growing disparity between the rate of growth in employment and unemployment, implying fragility of absorption capacity and vulnerability of labourers to low-wages and non-adherence of rights," notes the think-tank.
It said women participation in labour market in Bangladesh increased with a rate of 10.0 percent, 10.63 percent, and 8.18 percent at national, rural, and urban area respectively between 1999-2000 and 2010.
Referring to the omnipresent violation of rights of labourers, the Unnayan Onneshan adds: "the laws are failing to protect workers. Even formal sectors do not adhere to minimum wages, toil them into hazardous working conditions, discriminate due to gender, and retaliate for speaking up or trying to organize or form associations."
Pointing out the lack of effective trade unionism in protecting workers' rights, the Unnayan Onneshan observes that the fragmentation of trade unions has adversely impacted on the prospects of coordinated collective actions and movements.
"Unless major changes are made for decent employment, development of the country will not increase significantly and it requires major policy and institutional reforms on both demand and supply sides of the labour market, added Unnayan Onneshan.

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