WARBE Development Foundation, Dhaka with support of PROKAS, British Council organizes online Consultation on Protecting Migrant Workers’ Rights for Social and Economic Advancement on the Occasion of International Workers’ Day (May Day)
Syed Saiful Haque, Chairman, WARBE DF said that “On the occasion of International Worker’s Day 2021, WARBE Development Foundation like previous years has taken initiative to celebrate the power of unity. The objective of our discussion with Parliamentarians, Government authorities, Trade Union -CSO representatives, and Migrant Workers and relevant is to reinstate our rightful demands of protecting migrant workers’ rights.”
Parliamentarians, civil society leaders, migrant rights activists and returnee migrants will take part in the online consultation that will start at 11am on Saturday.
May Day means 1st May of every year, which is recognized as the International Workers’ Day in most countries. This day is celebrated all over the world as a government holiday. This day is observed in memory of the workers who laid down their lives for the interest of the workers in Chicago in May 1886. All the privileges workers enjoy the day such as a minimum wage, safety laws and an eight-hour workday were the outcome of the sacrifices of the workers on May 3, 1886.
On this particular day authorities fired a group of strikers at the McCormick Harvest Machine firm, Chicago murdering at least one striker, severely traumatized five or even six others and injuring an unknown number.
From the beginning of the Industrial Revolution researchers were made to do the job very long changes, lasting around fourteen and on occasion more hours each day. The sacrifice made by the workers of the city of Chicago is remembered every year all over the world on the 1st of May. But it is not only a day of remembrance of the martyred workers but also a day of inspiration of being united for the realization of their legitimate demands.
On this day they renew their vow to fight against oppression and for human rights. In Bangladesh, all labor rights organizations and unions will observe the day. It is the day when workers who remain ignored throughout the year gets some attention. While the day is observed in Bangladesh with much festivity, the labor laws and acts of the nation does not reflect the spirit of this historic day.
In 2006, Bangladesh government has enacted the Labor Act, 2006. Though this Act is expected to play an important role in securing workers’ rights in Bangladesh, it does not include labor in all sectors.The objective of the initiative to ensure the realization of workers’ dignity and rights to justice and freedom by strengthening civil society and empowering communities, by building their capacity, making allies with stakeholders and advocating for labor migrants’ rights at all levels of the intervention in Bangladesh.
An informative dialogue in some extent can make a large number of strategic impacts in protection and prevention of rights violation. BackgroundLabor law is the source of labor rights. Workers are the right holders of these rights and can assert them as claims towards their employer.
These rights have been obtained by the workers’ movements: they have truly ‘transformed’ the world of work by defining these rights in legal texts, to ensure that work is not a commodity and that workers are not treated as tools.
As part of WARBE Development Foundation’s advocacy for integrity in labor rights, it organized a huge number dialogue and advocacy program to bring together relevant stakeholders and experts to discuss on transparency, accountability and social movement for ensuring the rights and justice of labor rights.
The purpose was to generate informed debates around these issues and identify concrete directions for sustained advocacy for effective change in the context of labor rights. Consistent with its mandate and as a follow up of theinitiative and recognizing the significance of sustained engagement in this context, WARBE Development Foundation is planning to organize ‘the participatory Consultation on the observance of the International Workers Day 2021’ virtually on May 01, 2021.
The objective of the initiative is to bring together experts, policy makers and practitioners on protection of labor rights and beyond to analyze and exchange ideas on issues specific to the area. Specific Objectives to Identify the practical challenges for ensuring the migrants rights; to explore the potential scope, ways and means of national efforts to meet the pledge to leave no one behind, contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; To Share knowledge and best practices in protection and prevention of rights violationamong the participants;