Bangladesh has requested the International Labour Organisation to put pressure on the global buyers not to cancel export orders during the coronavirus pandemic as many factory owners have been forced to stop production due to lack of work orders.
‘The ILO should come forward to ask buyers not to cancel their orders and fulfil their existing contractual obligations,’ state minister for labour Monnujan Sufian on Thursday made the urge while she was speaking at a virtual summit ‘ILO Global Summit on COVID-19 and World of Work—Building a Better Future of Work’.
She said that unfortunately Bangladesh experienced a sharp fall in exports, particularly in the readymade garment sector, due to cancelation of orders by the global buyers.
The ILO organised the virtual global summit to address the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work.
The state minister in her speech on the theme ‘COVID-19: Working together to build back better’ also called on the ILO to ensure jobs of migrant workers during the pandemic.
Monnujan said many Bangladeshi migrant workers had lost their jobs and the country was facing a crisis in remittance because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this context, the ILO should ensure jobs of migrant workers, she said. The junior minister also drew the ILO’s attention to ensuring market access for weaker economies on a priority basis.
She said that despite the current challenging environment, Bangladesh would continue its work with the ILO to implement decent work and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
The state minister informed the ILO that Bangladesh prepared standard guidelines to ensure occupational health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak and a management committee had been formed to monitor the implementation of the guidelines.
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