Bangladesh takes up workers’ problems with Jordan, Lebanon

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:49, Aug 13,2018 | Updated: 22:57, Aug 13,2018

 
 

Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry takes up the problems of the Bangladeshi female workers with the concerned authorities of Jordan and Lebanon, senior officials said.
A team, led by the ministry’s secretary Nomita Halder, had recently visited the two countries and discussed the issues with the respective authorities, , they claimed.
Lebanon and Jordan recruit female workers from Bangladesh and employ them in houses and apparel factories, said officials.
Bangladeshi female workers often complain about insufficient food, low wage, occupational stress, very low or total absence of leave facility, torture and abuses.
Nomita Halder had bilateral meeting with Lebanese labour secretary George Idarad at his office in Beirut on August 9.
She requested her counterpart to reduce fees for Aqma and social security, ease renewal of Aqma, regularise the undocumented Bangladeshi workers, and to take steps to reduce migration cost for the workers.
She also requested Lebanese officials to recruit more skilled workers from Bangladesh under government to government arrangement.
On August 5, Bangladesh delegation chief Nomita Halder had meeting with Jordanian labour secretary general Hani Khleifat at Amman.
During the meeting, Bangladesh delegation requested Jordanian officials to recruit more male and female apparel workers from Bangladesh.
Apart from RMG sector, the delegation requested the Jordanian authorities to recruit workers for their agriculture, construction and manufacturing sectors.
Bangladesh delegation visited Classic Fashion Apparel factory in Jordan and exchanged views with Bangladeshi workers and their employers.
Bangladesh denegation consisted of Wage Earners Welfare Board director general Gazi Mohammad Julhas, additional secretary to legislative affairs division Salma Binte Kadir, and Financial Institution division additional secretary Qamrun Nahar.

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