Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq said the government of Bangladesh is committed to ensuring rights, fair wages and a proper working environment for workers and is working without release for this purpose.
Referring to Bangladesh’s previous ratification of ILO Protocol 29, the Minister of Justice said, “We look forward to submitting our instrument of ratification of ILO Convention 138 to the ILO Office more late this week. Over the years, we have prepared all our relevant stakeholders, including the social partners, to reach this stage in a consensual manner. Thus, Bangladesh now joins the ranks of countries that have ratified the eight fundamental Conventions of the ILO.”
Anisul Huq declared them during the 344th session of the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday evening March 21, an official statement said today.
The Minister of Justice said that the government is committed to implementing the Bangladesh Labor Sector Roadmap (2021-26), within a specified timeframe.
“Bangladesh’s effective management of the Covid-19 pandemic and its multi-dimensional impact has perhaps been best exemplified by the support provided to our workforce during the period. Our government has allocated around 1 billion In addition, workers in 100% export-oriented industries as well as formal and informal sectors continue to receive support from the Central Fund and the Bangladesh Labor Welfare Fund. “, he added.
The Minister of Justice further said that Bangladesh has also developed a new national action plan on eliminating child labor alongside our commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“As another sign of progress, earlier this year we expanded the list of hazardous jobs for child labor in the formal sector by five. At the height of the pandemic, we declared six additional sectors child labor free. We have reason to be confident in our steady progress against this scourge,” he also said.
The Minister of Justice leads the Bangladesh delegation comprising Minister of State for Labor and Employment, Begum Monnujan Sufian, Secretary Ehsan-E-Elahi, Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) , Major General Abul Kalam Mohammad Ziaur Rahman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh. to the offices of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Md Mustafizur Rahman and Assistant Secretary for Labor Jebunnesa Karim, among others.