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Human Chain Formed for Health Sector Workers as Voice Raise

Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies-BILS, under the DGB-BW project organised a Human Chain as part of voice raise that has been held under the “Sromik Shanghoti Forum” (A BILS-LRSC network) on July 9, 2020 at the Gol Pahar Mor, Chattogram.

Apart from the senior leadership associated with the coordinating activities of BILS, some networking organisation representatives as well as Chattogram Health and Diagonistic Centre Workers Union members, staffs of BILS-LRSC took part in the human chain formation program.

A meeting during the human chain was addressed by BILS-LRSC Coordination Committee Chairman labour leader A M Nazimuddin, BILS-LRSC Coordination Committee Member-Secretary labour leader Md. Safar Ali,  Member Tapan Dutta, BILS-LRSC officials namely Rizwanur Rahman Khan, Fazlul Kabir Mintu, Yachin Arafat, Sromik Shanghoti Forum members Jainab Begum Mitu of SANFSOPTOK, Md. Alauddin of Awaz Foundation, Tapan Kanti Dey of BNPS, local TU leaders A K M Mominul Islam of JSJ, Md. Nurul Abser Bhuiyan of BLF, basic health sector union workers Md. Abdur Rahim, Mili Akter addressed the program.

Speakers in the human chain said that, “Most of the health sector workers are working hard day and night to provide health services to the Covid and other patients amid the ongoing pandemic situation. But they are being deprived from standard living wages, leisure, Risk-job and duty benefit and other law-covered facilities. Moreover, most health workers are being treated inhumanly by the employers. They are being less paid, being verbally hired and fired every now and then, at the sweet will of the employers.”

The human chain demanded standard living wages, adequate occupational health and safety measures, Risk-job benefit, overtime and other law–covered benefit for the private-owned health and diagnostic workers.

The human chain expressed deep concern over the unemployment of informal sector workers, ongoing illegal lay-off and forced termination of workers in some sectors amid Covid-19 pandemic.