Promoting Social Dialogue and Harmonious Industrial Relations in Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Industry

Following major garment factory accidents in 2012 and 2013, the ILO (International Labour Organization) developed a comprehensive programme to support the Government’s efforts to engage in a much-needed reform process, to improve safety, working conditions and rights at work in this sector, including workers’ and employers’ right to organise, bargain and dialogue at the workplace.

The proposed project will focus on three specific outcomes: the development of dialogue mechanisms and relations between employers and workers and particularly at the workplace level as a means for preventing disputes; and, the development of the conciliation and arbitration mechanisms into a more credible, trusted and transparent system.

In achieving these two outcomes, the project will focus intensively on building the capacity of workers and employers to engage in social dialogue and collective bargaining at the workplace and sector level and to make effective use of the dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms.

Furthermore, given the large presence of female workforce in the lower ranks of the occupational hierarchy, inclusive strategies, non-discrimination and gender mainstreaming will be emphasized so that the project achieves gender balance in the direct beneficiaries as well as full representation of women’s workers’ interests and requirements.