Legal Regulation of ‘Decent Work’: Evidence from Two Big Industries in Bangladesh
18 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2015
Date Written: 2013
In most developing countries, the overall quality of the livelihood of labourers, work place environment and implementation of labour rights do not progress at the same rate as their industrial development. To address this situation, the ILO has initiated the concept of ‘decent work’ to assist regulators articulate labour-related social policy goals. Against this backdrop, this article assesses the Bangladesh Labour Law 2006 by reference to the four social principles developed by the ILO for ensuring ‘decent work’. It explains the impact of the absence of these principles in this Law on the labour administration in the ready-made garment and ship-breaking industries. It finds that an appropriate legislative framework needs to be based on the principles of ‘decent work’ to establish a solid platform for a sound labour regulation in Bangladesh.
Keywords: regulation, Bangladesh, Labour law, work rights
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