BILS Vice Chairman Md. Mojibur Rahman Bhuiyan chaired the conference while Chittagong City Corporation Mayor A Z M Nasir Uddin was present as chief guest. Besides, BILS Joint Secretary General and Executive Director Md. Zafrul Hasan, Advisory Council Member Mesbahuddin Ahmed, Project Coordinator Kohinoor Mahmood, Researcher on Labour issue Professor Dr. Fasiul Alam and Dr. Mohammad Shaheen Chowdhury, Trade Union Leaders Tapan Dutta, A M Nazimuddin, Md. Shafar Ali, Mosiuddoula were present in the conference.
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor said that the government has taken various initiatives and activities for improving the livelihood of the workers. Government also has taken significant initiatives for the working people aiming to reform Labour Law including reducing child labour.
These initiatives should not be limited to formalities, workers and owners parties should be extended their helping hand to implement it.
Mayor said that, the country’s economic progress is achieved in coordinated activities of the employer-workers-government. In this case, participation of all parties in BILS activities, the organisation has played a vital role. He added that we all have responsibility for the development of the country. Positive environment will be created in case of economic advancement by doing our duties from respective position.
Labour leaders in the conference said that Workers’ deaths and accidents have become a regular casualty in the institutional and non-institutional, especially risky industries of the country. Due to inactiveness of government inspection department, negligence of owners-authorities, mismanagement and lack of adequate supervision, working in a risky environment, helpless workers are being killed one by one in accident. Now, it is time to demand to prevent workplace accident, to enforce Trade Union and Labour Law. Government should play an active role in this case, they mentioned.
It is to be mentioned that, in this day-long conference five workshop were held. Important recommendations were taken aiming to determine the future activities for the betterment of the workers.