Improving Respect for Workers’ Rights in Bangladesh
This project aims to improve labor conditions in the construction, garment, shrimp farming, and tea sectors, with a focus on gender-based violence and harassment, occupational safety and health, and climate change and environmental degradation.
In Bangladesh, millions of workers face unsafe working conditions and cannot exercise their labor rights. Tea and shrimp farming workers, who are mostly women, are exposed to health hazards, long hours, and gender-based violence and harassment; and construction workers suffer frequent injuries and accidents. Despite international attention to occupational safety and health (OSH) violations in apparel factories after the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, garment workers continue to experience labor rights abuses, including suppression of the right to freedom of association and poor OSH conditions. Many companies that violate worker rights also operate facilities that pollute workplaces and the surrounding environment, making production in the target sectors both an OSH and an environmental issue for workers and their communities. Furthermore, Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to climate change, experiencing extreme weather events, such as cyclones, floods, and landslides.
To improve respect for workers’ rights in the target sectors, this project will:
- Support worker organizations to train, represent, and advocate for workers;
- Strengthen the engagement of workers and worker organizations with government authorities and employers to address workers’ grievances, including those related to OSH conditions and gender-based violence and harassment; and
- Promote safer, healthier, and more equitable workplaces and communities.
- Solidarity Center
- Contact Information:
- (202) 693-4900 / Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA)
- Occupational Safety and Health
- Climate Change
- Construction Sector
- Environmental degradation
- Freedom of Association
- Gender-Based Violence and Harassment (GBVH)
- Labor Rights
- Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)
- Ready-Made Garment (RMG) Sector
- Shrimp Farming Sector
- Tea Sector
- Worker Rights
- Workers Organizations