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BD Tannery workers demand environment-friendly industry

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) — Leather industry workers on Tuesday urged the government to build an environment-friendly industry and ensure their rights. “Savar Tannery Estate should be built as modern and environment-friendly. Tanneries are polluting surrounding areas and the environment isn’t safe for the workers,” Tannery Workers Union President Abul Kalam Azad told a press conference at Jatiya Press Club. ... Read More »

Amend labour code to benefit workers: Bahrain Trade Union

The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions has in a statement called upon the Government of Bahrain to ratify the new convention of ILO No 190, and thus realize a precedence in the workers’ legislation, compatible with its precedence in amending Labor Code by introducing the new article against perpetrators of violence and harassment to the law. From GFBTU on ... Read More »

Guterres for world youth to keep leading climate response

Lisbon, June 23 – Older generations have “failed to respond properly” to the climate emergency said the UN chief on Sunday, while the young are “stepping up to the challenge” and taking the lead to slow the destructive pace of global warming. António Guterres was making the closing address at the UN-backed World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, and ... Read More »

Croatia to recruit manpower from Bangladesh

Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)— Croatia has expressed its interest in recruiting quality human resources from Bangladesh in the near future. Croatia’s Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System Drazen Opalic said that his country will soon forward a draft MoU to Bangladesh for this purpose. Once the MoU is signed, necessary preparations will be put in place ... Read More »

Curbs on migration or freedom of movement— Swiss experience

by Vasco Pedrina Arguments about immigration have polarised between restriction and liberalisation. But key are accompanying measures to ensure freedom of movement is associated with wage and social protection. Together with Luxembourg, Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest proportion of foreign nationals: they are responsible for one-third of the country’s total working hours. Due to Switzerland’s higher ... Read More »

The new face of activism: Youth

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 30 2019 (IPS) – Rather than waiting for adults to act, more young girls and boys are standing up and speaking out on the world’s pressing issues. In recent years, the international community has seen a rise in youth engagement from education activist Malala Yousafzai to climate change warrior Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. “More often than not, ... Read More »

Refugees in Europe’s crosshairs

by Valerio Alfonso Bruno and Waqar Rizvi A Europe of permanent electoral campaigning is one conducive to a permanent moral panic about refugees. Recently numerous reports have emerged of the mistreatment and abuse suffered by asylum-seekers and refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, in several EU member states, including Germany, Greece and Hungary (to name but a few). The United Nation high ... Read More »

Labour disputes in Oman on fast-track resolution system

Muscat: In a first for Oman, expats can now take their labour grievances to a dedicated ‘Reconciliation Committee’, which has the legal power to enforce settlements. The Ministry of Manpower of Oman has announced the pilot scheme in Muscat in an effort to speed up dispute resolution and to free up Ministry of Manpower officials from dealing with employment disputes. ... Read More »

84 Rohingyas rescued in drives; 5 traffickers arrested

Cox’s Bazar, May 18 (UNB)- Law-enforcers rescued 84 Rohingyas from Pekua of Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf upazila on Saturday while they were waiting to board boats heading to Malaysia. The rescued Rohingya comprise 31 men, 38 women and 15 children. Five human traffickers were arrested and handed over to police after filing case with Teknaf Police Station, said Lt Commander ... Read More »

17 Rohingyas rescued while being trafficked to Malaysia

Chittagong, May 18 – The Bangladesh Coastguard rescued 17 Rohingyas from the St Martin’s Island while they were being trafficked to Malaysia on early Saturday. Five traffickers were detained from the Dakshin Beach area, said Lt Commander BNM Hamidul Islam, Coastguard’s assistant director (intelligence). “We raided the area after being tipped off about a human trafficking attempt,” he said. Seven ... Read More »

‘Those in law enforcement and judiciary should be neutral’

Dhaka, April 23 – Those who are involved with the law enforcement agencies and judicial process have to work neutrally. Otherwise, the trial could not be ensured, said Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairmen of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). He said the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a madrasa student of Feni, was pre-planned. To prevent such incident, social demonstration ... Read More »

Skilled manpower needed in digital economy era: Speakers

Dhaka, Apr 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh needs skilled manpower possessing technology-based knowledge in the digital economic era, speakers told a seminar on Saturday. They noted that the youths will have to gain technical skills to compete with digital economy of the industrial revolution.  The observations came at ‘Digital Economy, Fourth Industrial Revolution and Big Data: Impact on Bangladesh Economy’ seminar, organised ... Read More »

Full and good employment

Within the Democratic Party in the United States there is a flourishing of initiatives, promoted by Bernie Sanders, regarding ‘guaranteed work’. This recognises the urgency to concentrate every effort on the revival of public and private investments. The Democrats reaffirm the democratic legitimacy of progressive taxation, proposing a steep increase in the higher rates for the wealthiest—in the proposals by ... Read More »

Khulna Jute mill workers continue protest for 3rd day

Khulna, Apr 4 (UNB) – For the third consecutive day on Thursday, workers of the state owned jute mills in the district are continuing the 72-hour strike to press home their nine-point demand including implementation of the wage commission. The agitating workers took positions on several places including Natun Rasta, Shonadanga Bus Stand and Atra industrial area around 6 am, ... Read More »

Grassroots organising points in fight against repression

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 2 2019 (IPS) – “I never thought it would get so big and I think it is amazing.” The words of a 16-year-old Swedish teenager who skipped school to protest outside her government’s inaction on climate change. Greta Thunberg is marvelling at how, in just a few short months, her solitary protests outside Sweden’s parliament, have inspired and united ... Read More »

Domestic workers are the slaves of modern Asia.

Singapore case of the worker from Myanmar who was forced to eat own vomit and barred from using toilet has again laid bare Asia’s toxic reliance on cheap labour Experts say some live in slave-like conditions and all grapple with a lack of legal protection, with society unwilling to change its perception of these women Raquel Carvalho OVER 10 MONTHS, ... Read More »

World’s Largest Criminal Industry: Modern Slavery

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 19 2019 (IPS) – Modern slavery and human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries and one of the biggest human rights crises today, United Nations and government officials said. During an event as part of the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), government officials, UN human rights experts, and civil society representatives came together ... Read More »

Sri Lanka seeks to send more migrant workers to the EU

The 5th meeting of the Joint Readmission Committee between Sri Lanka and the European Community was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo on 11th March 2019, the Foreign Ministry said recently. The Meeting was co-chaired by Additional Secretary (Multilateral Affairs), Ahmed A. Jawad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Deputy Head of Unit of Irregular Migration ... Read More »

Global Compact for safe orderly migration -Objectives

Global Compact for safe, orderly migration – Objectives Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policiesMinimize the adverse drivers and structural factors that compel people to leave their country of originProvide accurate and timely information at all stages of migrationEnsure that all migrants have proof of legal identity and adequate documentationEnhance availability and flexibility of ... Read More »

The misconceptions of contraception

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 1 2019 (IPS) – In light of rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies, governments are exploring ways to tackle taboos around condoms. In a new study, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reviews the availability and accessibility of condoms, hoping to dismantle potentially harmful misconceptions. “Many countries want to implement [CAP], but they are very anxious ... Read More »

Portugal’s ‘contraption’ govt: substance beyond rhetoric?

I was in a rush, running late to where I needed to be, which on 4th October 2015 was the electoral-results party of the Portuguese Bloco de Esquerda (Left Bloc), at Lisbon’s São Jorge cinema. So I took a cab. Cabs are the best way to know what is going through Portuguese consciousness—even what is going on in the Portuguese parliament. Cab ... Read More »

Bangladesh needs to invest more to ensure quality education: WB

Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh needs to invest more in education to improve its quality and do it more effectively to address its learning crisis, a World Bank report said on Wednesday. Despite Bangladesh’s remarkable success in bringing nearly all children to primary school, the education quality remains a concern, it said. Many young students in Bangladesh, as in ... Read More »

World’s youth are being left behind

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) – Globally, youth are being left behind in education and employment, threatening the future vision of sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous societies. In a new report, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlight the need to pay attention to and invest in youth as they are critical to building the world’s future including by helping ... Read More »

World’s youth are being left behind

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) – Globally, youth are being left behind in education and employment, threatening the future vision of sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous societies. In a new report, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) highlight the need to pay attention to and invest in youth as they are critical to building the world’s future including by helping ... Read More »

Agribusiness is the problem, not the solution

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 19 2019 (IPS) – For two centuries, all too many discussions about hunger and resource scarcity has been haunted by the ghost of Parson Thomas Malthus. Malthus warned that rising populations would exhaust resources, especially those needed for food production. Exponential population growth would outstrip food output. Jomo Kwame Sundaram Humanity now faces a major challenge as ... Read More »

Poor quality employment a major challenge says ILO

Geneva (Kanaga Raja) – A majority of the 3.3 billion people employed globally in 2018 experienced a lack of material well-being, economic security, equal opportunities or scope for human development, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has found. In its latest World Employment and Social Outlook report released this week, the ILO pointed out that being in employment does not always ... Read More »