A tripartite consultative committee under the labour ministry on Monday decided that Bangladesh would stand for adopting a convention or recommendation on ‘Ending Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work’ in the 108th International Labour Conference to be held next month.
The adoption of convention or recommendation would be finalised through voting in the 108th ILC and if Bangladesh votes against the move, it would cast a negative impact on the image of Bangladesh in the international arena, TCC members said at the meeting held at the labour ministry in capital Dhaka on Monday.
Bangladesh should be positive in ILC to adopt the convention or recommendation as gender-based violence and harassment is a sensitive issue, they said at the meeting presided over by state minister for labour Monnujan Sufian.
The meeting also proposed a six-member committee headed by acting labour secretary Ummul Hasna to scrutinise the papers of the proposed convention or recommendation keeping in mind the provisions of domestic laws.
Additional labour secretary Syed Ahmed, Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments inspector general Shibnath Roy, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Rubana Huq, Sramik League president Shukkur Mahmud and Bangladesh Trade Union Sangha general secretary Chowdhury Ashikul Alam attended the meeting, among others.
In 2015, the ILO decided to launch a standard-setting process on harassment and violence against women and men in workplaces, followed by a meeting of experts on violence against women and men.
In June 2018, the ILO started discussions on a potential new ILO instrument on violence and harassment in the world of work at the International Labour Conference, a committee composed of representatives from governments, employers, and worker unions.
It was decided that in June, 2019 the ILO committee would meet again to decide the final contents and what form the instrument would take — a legally binding convention, a non-legally binding recommendation, or a convention supplemented by a recommendation.
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