Bangladesh on 15 July amended its 2006 Labour Act, to include freedoms of association and collective bargaining. Hoping it a milestone in promoting workers’ rights and occupational safety and health. The new law also contain provisions for improved safety measures at workplaces. Requirements in sending employers the names of union leaders on registration are abolished. Workers may call on external experts assistance at collective bargaining sessions. However, ILO said the revised laws still fail to address a number of concerns: a 30 per cent requirement in forming trade unions; and freedom of association and collective bargaining are excluded to workers in labour-intensive export processing zones. It also fails to prohibit discriminations in employment or remuneration, debt bondage by children or punishment in form of compulsory labour. [UN News, ILO]
Pray for workers in Bangladesh:
Pray that the Bangladesh government will continue law reforms for more comprehensive workers’ protection, in fulfilling its obligations under ratified conventions;
Remember the workers in getting their rights, safety and health.
[ ‘SHARE’ Mar-Apr 2013 – Between City and Village ] STEP INTO THE WORLD
Many villagers in Wufeng County in western Hubei are migrant workers but they lack basic labour law knowledge and there is no liaison organisation to help, so whenever a labour dispute arises or hardship falls, migrant workers are on their own and helpless.
To promote connection amongst migrant workers originating from Baiyanping Village of Wufeng County, CEDAR builds effective enquiry platforms and social support networks so that through channels like mobile text messages, message boards on the internet, contact cards and blogs, migrants can get the latest information on labour and daily living, enhance their bargaining power when they look for work. Further, labour dispute settlements are facilitated through referrals, and CEDAR sets up training on parenting, finance management, occupational safety and labour rights.
Please support the Hubei migrant workers project financially to safeguard their rights:
HK$200> will financially help 5 migrant workers with four work related training sessions each
HK$400> will provide 10 migrant workers with information on labour protection and practical living
 CEDAR is an approved charitable institutions and trusts of a public character under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance. Please click Inland Revenue Department website to check for details.  Donations over $100 are tax deductible in Hong Kong with our receipts.  Please DO NOT fax any donation information.