Labour leaders and rights activists have requested the Bangladeshi representatives in the ILO to back the process on ‘ending violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work’ during the negotiation in International Labour Conference to be started on May 28.
Representatives from all member countries are scheduled to join the 107th International Labour Conference that will continue until June 4 at Geneva, Switzerland.
The labour leaders and rights activists, during a consultation meeting, organised by the Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies and CARE Bangladesh at Daily Star Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday, also suggested that the global supply chain should be brought under the responsibility for ending violence and harassment in the workplaces.
CARE Bangladesh assistant country director Prabodh Devkota said any types of violence including sexual, mental, cultural and physical have negative impact not only on the workers but also on their families and productivity.
Women, who had significant contribution in the production, are the worst sufferer of sexual harassment in workplaces and it should be stopped, he said.
Samajtantrik Sramik Front general secretary Razekuzzaman Ratan demanding ILO convention on the issue said that it would create pressure on the government and create public awareness.
Jatiya Sramik League president Sukkur Mahmood, who is one of the delegates to the ILO convention, said the convention was important for ending sexual harassment in workplace and to create awareness about it.
Bangladesh Women Workers’ League president and also a workers’ delegate to the ILO convention Rowshan Jahan Sathi promised that she would represent the workers although they might many limitations.
She asked cooperation from all the labour organisations to achieve rights of the workers in all sectors.
Parliamentarian and labour leader Shirin Akhter chaired over the event where Khondakar Mostan Hossain, additional secretary of labour and employment ministry, was present as the chief guest.
BILS executive director Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed and Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation chairperson Saki Rezwana, among others, were present.