IndustriALL Bangladesh Council on Sunday demanded six months’ fully paid maternity leave for workers of readymade garment factories.
A number of demands were raised at a discussion marking International Women’s Day on ILO convention-190 ratification at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
Other demands include ensuring safe working environment, ratifying ILO Convention 190, ensuring 40 per cent representation of women at every level of trade union and stopping sexual harassment of female workers.
Moreover, ensuring social security, including providing funds and gratuity for women workers, not allowing any female workers to work after 10:00pm as per government directives, setting up childcare centres at every factory and providing balanced food and treatment for children, ensuring equal rights, formation of democratic trade unions in accordance with ILO Conventions 87 and 98, including ensuring freedom of association in all factories, were demanded.
According to the written statement, women working in RMG factories get four months’ maternity leave, while women working at government institutions get six months.
‘Women workers are threatened with dismissal when news of pregnancy reach their company owners. Pregnant workers are sacked without any financial benefits,’ it claimed.
IBC Women Committee’s president Hasina Akter presided over the programme.
IBC Women Committee’s general secretary Salma Akter and central committee general secretary Kamrul Hasan, among others, were present at the event.
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