PM stresses worker-owner's responsible role in country's prosperity
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PM stresses worker-owner’s responsible role in country’s prosperity

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the workers and owners of the industries and factories to play a responsible role in ensuring each other’s rights and country’s prosperity.

“The owners invest money and workers give labour in a factory. Their investment and toil keep the factory running alongside increasing production and thus the country’s economy becomes strengthened,” she said.

The prime minister said this while addressing a discussion on Great May Day at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) here organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

She virtually joined the function from her official Ganabhaban residence in the city.

The premier asked the labour leaders not to pay heed to the foreigners’ prescriptions in solving problems rather to settle those with their own ways.

Sheikh Hasina said that all have their own responsibilities to run an organisation.

She said the owners will have to ensure appropriate salary for the labourers and suitable environment and safety measures for the workers while the workers have to give their best efforts to run the factories.

“It’s the labourers’ duty to work sincerely to keep their factories, where they work for livelihoods, operative and it’s the owners’ duty to ensure the well-being, working environment and safety of the labour force,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina hoped that Bangladesh will go ahead if there remains a cordial relationship between the owners and workers of the industries and they work complementarily with each other.

She said the owners and workers should cherish the spirit of the May Day and take the country forward.

The prime minister spelled out her government’s various measures to ensure labourers’ welfare that included increasing minimum salary range, building dormitories, ratifying ILO conventions and protocols, establishing Bangladesh Shramik Kallayan Foundation and enacting necessary laws and rules.

She said some labour leaders are still running after the foreigners to solve the problems of Bangladesh’s industries.

She added: “I don’t know why some labour leaders make complaints to the foreigners although we have done many things for the welfare of them— I don’t know if there is anything that serves their interest or anything to exchange.”

The prime minister urged the labour leaders to meet her if there is any problem, saying that she can realise the demands of labourers from the owners.

She criticized the so-called labour leaders who go to the foreigners with complaints about the country’s labour situation and are inclined to involve the foreigners to resolve problems instead of finding local solutions.

“We’re able to solve our own problems. I would like to tell the labour leaders to come to me if you have any problem instead of crying before the foreigners. If there is anything beneficial for the labourers, I can realise it from the owners,” she said.

State Minister for Labour and Employment Ministry Begum Monnujan Sufian gave chairperson’s remarks while Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Labour and Employment M Mujibul Haque spoke.

Country Director of ILO (International Labour Organisation) Tuomo Poutiainen, President of Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) Ardashir Kabir, and Acting President of the Bangladesh Jatiya Sramik League Nur Kutub Alam Mannan also spoke on the occasion while Secretary of the Labour and Employment Ministry Md. Ehsane Elahi gave the address of welcome.

On behalf of the prime minister, Begum Monnujan Sufian handed over the cheques of financial assistance to 10 labourers and their family members from the fund of Bangladesh Shramik Kallayan Foundation.

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