Nari Sramik Kantha, a platform for working-class women, on Wednesday demanded six months’ maternity leave for all working women including non-government and informal sector women of the country.
At its convention held at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital, the leaders of the platform also asked the government to ensure equal wage and dignity for women in their work-places.
Karmajibi Nari and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organised the conference on ‘Built strong trade union to establish women worker’s rights and dignity irrespective of class and occupation.’
Member of the platform Umma Hasan Jholmol read out the declaration of the convention and also said that women faced sexual harassment at their work-place.
To stop harassment she said that government should take pragmatic action. Women’s participation in trade union also could help to increase women’s safety, she said.
Convener of the platform Shirin Akhter, member of the parliament Quazi Rosy, Karmajibi Nari president Pratima Paul Majumder, director Rahela Rabbani and FES residential representative in Bangladesh Tina Blohm, among others, spoke at the event.
The speakers said that there is disparity in pay between women and men though women’s participation is almost equal to men at workplaces.
Shirin Akhter hoped that women would achieve their rights and dignity by united movement.
Leaders said 80 per cent workers of the export-oriented garment sector were women but their wage was unprofessionally low.
They rejected the minimum monthly wage of Tk 8,000 for garment workers and demanded the government to increase it to liveable wage.
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