BILS, with the support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) organised a workshop titled, “Rights and Safety of Fishing Workers: Existing Condition and Way Forward for Development” on November 27, 2018 at Azimur Rahman Hall, The Daily Star Centre. The workshop was organised aiming to conduct national based continuous advocacy programme for ensuring fishing workers’ rights and safety and to determine strategy for implementing the activities.
BILS Vice Chairman Md. Mojibur Rahman Bhuiyan chaired and Joint Secretary General Md. Zafrul Hasan moderated the workshop while Bangladesh Trade Union Sangha General Secretary Chowdhury Ashiqul Alam presented the keynote paper. Among others, FES Residential represntative Tina Blohm, BILS Advisory Council member Mesbahuddin Ahmed, Vice Chairman Anwar Hossain, Chairman of Social Work Deaprtment at Jagannath University Professor Rezaul Karim, BILS Executive Council member Umma Hasan Jhalmal, Md. Abdul Wahed and Pulak Ranjan Dhar, Bangladesh Sramik Federation General Secretary A A M Fayez Hossain, fishing workers leader from Chittagong, Khulna and Barishal and Youth Trade Union leaders participated in the workshop.
Mentioning fishing workers social-economic crisis speakers in the workshop recommended to stop collecting fine illegally from fishing workers, take effective measure for protecting their lives, maintain charity system, provide government aid without interest, find out the missing workers and take effective initiatives to bring the workers back to the country who are trapped in neighbour country for fishing in the sea, provide compensation to the families of missing workers, take initiative to launch community radio, raise awareness among the workers through providing training, bring women workers under protection, form a monitoring cell with the government for taking immediate decision in any problem, take a welfare project for the workers like one house one firm project, implement properly in providing identity card if there is a provision, inspire owners to provide life jacket, wireless, start tracking device system in fishing trawlers.