Labour Welfare Foundation remains dysfunctionalFerdous Ara
Labour Welfare Foundation meant for low paid workers has remained dysfunctional for years as both the government and most of the private sector owners are yet to deposit money in the fund in violation of the labour law.
According to Labour Welfare Foundation Act 2006, the financial contributions from the government and owner’s ‘are
two main funds’ among seven categories from where this foundation can get money.
‘The government is yet to deposit its contribution to in the foundation,’ Labour Welfare Foundation director general Md. Faizur Rahman told New Age.
The Act empowers the foundation to do welfare of the laborers, take and implement some projects, provide financial assistance and compensation to the distressed laborers.
But the foundation has not started its work ‘in full swing’, he said.
‘If we once start distributing the money from the foundation for the welfare of the labourers, we have to continue it but the deposited money is too inadequate to do that’, Rahman, also Joint Secretary of the labour and employment ministry, said.
Nearly Tk 12.1 million is deposited so far by some owners, he said.
Abdul Matin Master, president of Jatiya Sramik League, an associate body of ruling Awami League for workers, said that ‘it is very pathetic’ that government did not deposit money in to the fund.
Sramik Kormachari Oikya Parishad coordinator Wajed-ul Islam Khan said there ‘is hardly any visible benefit’ for setting of the foundation.
Bangladesh Institute of Labor Studies assistant
executive director Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed said that there was no allocation for the foundation in the last five national budgets passed.
The government should allocate money from the national budget for the fund, he said.
It should motivate owners to donate money in the foundation, he said.
State minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian admitted that there was not much money in the fund as ‘the owners are against the fund’.
‘The (private) owners are supposed to provide five per cent of their
profit to the fund. But they do not do it,’ she told New Age.
The government has a plan to amend the Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation Act 2006
making mandatory for private employers to deposit their contribution from their profit in the fund,
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