The government of Bangladesh, in association with the International Labour Organisation, has agreed in principle to introduce Employment Injury Insurance (EII) Scheme for industry workers in Bangladesh.
ILO has proposed a mechanism regarding the payment of compensation for industry workers in case of their injuries and other occupational diseases under the scheme.
It also prepared a legal fretwork on the EII and proposed to the government to include the issue in the compensation related chapter of the Bangladesh Labour Act as the amendment process of laws were going on.
The UN organisation proposed that the compensation would be provided based on loss of earnings year, health care and rehabilitation related to injuries.
Hiroshi Yamabana senior actuary of the ILO’s global programme for employment injury insurance and protection said that they briefed the stakeholders about the benefits of introducing a national employment injury insurance scheme and how it might be administered showcasing models of countries that already introduced such scheme.
At a press briefing on Thursday at ILO’s Dhaka office he explained the need to introduce such scheme saying that it would give protection to the workers as the amount of compensation fixed in the existing law of the land was insufficient and there was no long-term rehabilitation support.
The new scheme has proposed to collect contributions from employers based on workers’ wages and provides periodical payments and health care to injured workers, he said.
Citing example from several countries, Yamabana said a certain portion of wages might be collected from the employer as Cambodia collects 0.8 per cent of the wages, Malaysia 1.25 per cent and Vietnam 1.0 per cent.
Douglas Stanley, senior legal expert of the ILO employment injury protection scheme for Bangladesh, said that according to Bangladesh labour law, it was the employers who would compensate injured workers.
Initially it was planned to cover readymade garment sector workers and it would gradually expand to other industries, he said.
Labour secretary Mikail Shipar told New Age that in association with the ILO they would introduce the EII Scheme under the support of German government.
‘The ILO has placed a legal framework on the scheme and it remains on the scrutiny stage,’ Shipar added.
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