Construction Labour issues are very common in our society as people in power always dominate the labour class. International law recognises the rights of workers and have formulated rules and regulations so labourers can carry out their tasks in safe and humane conditions. The majority of labourers in Bangladesh do not know their rights.
Many of the poor in Bangladesh villages migrate to Dhaka to work as construction labourers. The migrants often become daily paid workers who go in search of work every morning. They earn a meager Taka 150-200 after working hard from dawn to dusk for his employer. This is barely enough to feed his/her family.
Employers however sack daily paid workers without any qualms and the labourer has to start all over and go in search of another job to feed his/her family. A construction worker earns his/her livelihood by the sweat of his/her brow and often works without a break in good and bad weather. Though they have many problems, human labour is vital for the construction industry.
One of the greatest tragedy for the Bangladeshi Construction Workers is the unfair treatment of their women counterparts. A large part of the labor force for this industry is women, and they are often paid unfairly by their employers. Reports of sexual exploitation is not unheard of as well.
Construction workers lives are full of sorrow and suffering. They do not know what is it to rest. We need to see that human rights policies are correctly implemented so that the construction workers can lead a decent life with dignity.
The RISE Team