‘90pc transport workers don’t get weekly holiday’

Staff Correspondent

5 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

More than 90 percent transport workers in the country have no weekly holiday while over 98 percent of the workers have to work on government holidays, said a study report.

This information was revealed in a research paper of Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies (BILS). A discussion titled “Hundred Years of ILO convention-1 and present situation of working hour in Bangladesh” was held at Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Saturday.

Even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s instruction that drivers of long routes do not drive for more than five hours continuously goes unheeded, the research report said.

The study report has been prepared conducting research on five sectors, including security staff, workers from transport, hotel-restaurants, rerolling mills and hospital-diagnostic centres.

According to the study report, over 50 percent transport workers are working over 15 hours per day and at least 20 percent workers are working without any break.

One-fourth security workers are working over 15-hour per day while 50 percent workers have no break during work.

“66 percent workers have no weekly holiday while 86 percent security workers are discharging their duties even on the government holidays,” the report said.

Ninety-eight percent of the workers are working in hotels and restaurants more than 8 hours.

“About 14 percent of the workers are working more than 13 to 14 hours. 26 percent of the workers work without the any break. More than 80 percent of workers have no weekly leave,” the report said.

About rerolling sector’s workers, 92 percent workers are working more than 8 hours and about 16 percent have to work 15 hours per day.

“96 percent of workers are seen working on multiple shifts daily. Also 44 percent of the workers are working in two factories daily,” the report said.

“The research report said more than one-third

of the re-rolling sector workers are working in three factories daily,” he said.

Jatiya Sramik League leader and vice-chairman of BILS Shukkur Mahmud presided over the meeting while Inspector General of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments Shib Nath Roy, secretary general of BILS Nazrul Islam Khan and Deputy Director of information department of BILS Yusuf Al Mamun, among others, addressed the programme.