After the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed over 1,200 workers, first working circumstances seemed to improve. But now, three years later, persistent and growing violations by the Bangladesh government of its responsibility to respect workers’ rights have led the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC to lodge a Freedom of Association case at the International Labour organisation.The Bangladesh authorities often refuse legitimate registration applications for unions in the garment and other sectors. Thus, workers are being deprived of their right to collective representation. Local employers continue to repress union activity with impunity.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said “While the Bangladesh Accord is saving lives, the authorities are still colluding with local factory bosses to repress workers’ rights. Few employers have agreed to bargain with registered trade unions for decent pay and conditions. The government continues to show callous indifference to the very people who contribute most to the economy, putting key export markets at risk.”
The case, which will be heard by the ILO’s Committee on Freedom of Association during the annual International Labour Conference in Geneva next June.
It details how the government
Publication date 04 05 2016