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Ensure rights of workers, PM asks officials

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina talking to the officials and employees of the ministry of labour and employment during her visit to the ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat Sunday morning. – New Age photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina talking to the officials and employees of the ministry of labour and employment during her visit to the ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat Sunday morning. – New Age photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the officials to strictly follow the regulations to ensure the legitimate rights of the workers.
She asked the authorities concerned to take effective measures to incorporate the rights of formation of Workers' Welfare Association in the form of trade union in the Export Processing Zones, BSS reports.
‘You have to ensure their training, wages, working atmosphere, safety and security,’ she told officials and employees of the ministry of labour and employment (MoLE) during her visit to the ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat on Sunday.
The prime minister said the government is relentlessly working for the welfare of the working people. ‘It's the responsibility of the government to execute all necessary laws relating to workers' welfare to establish justice in this particular area,’ she added.
Expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, state minister for labour and
employment Mujibul Haq, PM's principal secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder, secretary of the MoLE Mikhail Shipar and senior officials were present.
Sheikh Hasina said the government is working with an objective of making Bangladesh a middle income country by 2021. The government has asked all ministries and divisions to undertake necessary plan of action to achieve the goal.
‘Labour and employment ministry has to take effective steps in this regard,’ she said adding that her government always considered the issue of wage hike of the labourers very passionately.
In this regard, the prime minister pointed out her government's initiative for raising the wages of the garment workers saying that her government increased the wages of garment workers 82 per cent in 2010.
‘Within three years their wages were increased by 77 per cent making the minimum wages at Tk 5300,’ she said adding, ‘there is no example of raising workers wages within three years even in any developed country.’
Sheikh Hasina said the labour law has been revised during the period of her government to make it befitting for workers welfare. ‘Institutional measures were also taken for improving the relation between the workers and employers,’ she said.




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