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Safe workplaces not being ensured: Study

Author: Belal Hossain Biplob, The Daily Star (Bangladesh), Published on: 6 December 2016

Construction companies operating in the Gulf region especially in the UAE and Qatar are failing to protect migrant workers from hazardous working environment, hinting at an alarming signal on the workers' safeguards in workplaces, said a survey report of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre...Only 22 companies responded, indicating a shocking level of inaction for the migrant workers' protection measures...Migrant rights activists in Bangladesh have been expressing their worries over serious violation of the workers' rights in the workplaces abroad especially in the Gulf countries those hire around 80 percent of workers from Dhaka...More than 10 lakh Bangladeshis are now working for the construction firms in Qatar and the UAE, according to statistics of Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET)...Only 13 responding construction firms have a public commitment to human rights. The lack of commitment of the huge number of companies is alarming given the wide-spread exploitation and abuse faced by the large numbers of migrant workers employed in the construction firms...

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