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ILO seeks joint efforts with FBCCI for better workplace

UN agency ILO country director meets FBCCI president

  • Special Correspondent
  • 23 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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ILO seeks joint efforts with FBCCI for better workplace
ILO Country Director Tuomo Poutiainen and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Md Jashim Uddin pose for a photo during a courtesy call at FBCCI office in the capital on Monday.

International Labour Organization (ILO) wants to help Bangladesh apex trade body FBCCI to improve workplace environment in the country’s industrial sector. 

ILO Country Director Tuomo Poutiainen paid a courtesy call to Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) president Md Jashim Uddin on Monday.

Poutiainen expressed the willingness during the meet.

He said Bangladesh's ready-made garment sector has now become one of the safest industries in the world through reforms.

“United Nations wants to bring about such positive changes in the rest of the industry through joint collaboration with FBCCI,” said a press release.

ILO is an agency of the United Nations devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights.

Tuomo Poutiainen lauded the major reforms in the garment sector after the Rana Plaza collapse.

He also appreciated the recent initiatives by FBCCI and BIDA to inspect factories that produceproducts for the domestic market. ILO country director thanked the FBCCI president for setting up the FBCCI Safety Council under the initiative of the present committee.

Poutiainen said it would be easier to improve working condition in Bangladesh factories if FBCCI and Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) worked jointly.

BEF is an organisation representing the private sector for ILO Bangladesh.

BEF presidentArdashirKabir proposed forming two working groups by both FBCCI and BEF.

The groups will jointly review and finalise the draft work plan prepared by the ILO. FBCCI president welcomed the initiatives taken by the United Nations through the ILO.  He said 108 committees have already been formed under the initiative of FBCCI and BIDA who will initially inspect 500 factories.

Jashim Uddin said the FBCCI experts would give their views on the matter after reviewing the draft work plan prepared by the ILO. FBCCI vice-presidents M A Momen, Md Amin Helaly, secretary general Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque and Safety Council Adviser Brig. General (Retd.) Abu Naeem Md Shahidullah were also present.