Speakers at a programme on Saturday emphasised the need to strengthen engagement between trade unions and civil society organisations in migration sector of Bangladesh, in a bid to bolster protection of migrant workers at home and abroad.
They made the remarks while speaking at the 'National Consultation on Migration and Development: Trade Unions and Civil Society Organization's Platform', organised by the WARBE Development Foundation with support of the Solidarity Center Bangladesh.
Policymakers, experts and representatives from national and international organisations attended the programme held in the city, according to a press release.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu was present at the event as the chief guest.
He said that migrant workers had been facing various problems at home and abroad.
The middlemen and recruiting agencies that are involved in wrongdoings should be brought under punishment, he warned.
Solidarity Center's country programme director in Bangladesh Jon Hartough joined the national consultation virtually.
He said that the national consultation highlighted the importance of having worker organisations and unions involved in migration policy dialogue, and emphasised the involvement of the extensive network of the global trade union movement to support migrant workers' rights.
In welcome remarks, trade union leader and Bangladesh Migrant Workers' Forum adviser Abul Hossain said that the time had come to involve the country's trade unions with the migrant rights protections.
He hoped that existing gaps between trade unions and civil society organisations would be removed through holding dialogues on the migrations.
WARBE Development Foundation Chairman Syed Saiful Haque moderated the programme, while former lawmaker and Parliamentarians' Caucus on Migration and Development secretary general Mahjabeen Khaled, lawmaker and member of Parliamentarians' Caucus on Child Rights Rowshan Ara Mannan, and former foreign secretary and migration expert Shahidul Haque, among others, were present.