A meeting of BILS Campaign & Advocacy team of Ship Breaking sector was held on January 11, 2017 at 6 pm at Hafiz Jute Mill, Sitakund, Chittagong. The meeting was presided over by JSFB Chittagong District Committee General Secretary as well as Hafiz Jute Mill CBA Secretary Didarul Alam Chowdhury.
A total of 24 Ship Breaking workers from different ship yards who are with the BILS Campaign and Advocacy team took part in the discussion meeting. The meeting mainly focused on the necessity of issuing ID cards and appointment letter to the Ship Breaking workers.
The meeting was addressed among others by BILS Information & Training Centre Chittagong Coordinator Pahari Bhattacharjee, BFTUC General Secretary and SBWTUF Member K M Shahidullah, Forum member and Rising Steel Workers Union Secretary Md. Ali, Bhatiary Steel worker Md. Elias, Ship Breaking workers Md. Jahed Alam, Md. Alauddin, Md. Jafar, Jibon Chandra Nath, Robiul Hossain and Md. Azizul .
Discussants mainly emphasized on the importance of ID card and appointment letter for the ship breaking workers. They said that ship breaking workers are working in a very unhealthy and risky working environment. They are deprived of proper wages, leave and other legal benefits. Most yard owners do not provide personal protective equipment to the common workers, for which, accidental injuries and death are rampant in this sector.
Employers and contractors in numerous ways deprive general Ship Breaking workers because they do not have identity card and appointment letter. So the campaign and advocacy for all workers ID card and appointment letter is a vital matter, they said.