2nd Tripartite Exchange Bangladesh 2016

Delegation from Bangladesh with governmental, employers' and workers' representatives

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Source: IAG/Stephan FloƟ

A Delegation from Bangladesh with governmental, employers' and workers' representatives joined a study visit on social dialogue, workplace safety and occupational accident insurance in Germany.


Commissioned by GIZ via German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Cooperation Partners ISSA, BG ETEM, DGUV
Location Dresden, Bad Münstereifel, Berlin
No. of Participants 24
Date April 4 - 23, 2016

Context

The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, killing 1.127 workers and leaving thousands more injured, is the worst ever industrial accident to hit the garment industry. This disaster brought worldwide attention to deathtrap workplaces and the lack of occupational accident insurance in Bangladesh. The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) plays a major role in assisting Bangladesh to develop sustainable employment injury insurance by providing short term field experts in Dhaka and long term professional seminars in Germany.

Training Approach and Contents

The three-week intensive seminar in Germany was planned and performed by IAG from 4th - 23rd of April 2016, involving the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and BG ETEM, the German social accident insurance institution for the textile and garment sector. Main subjects of the practical training were

  • social dialogue
  • workplace safety
  • occupational accident insurance

Outcome

For these topics the participants developed working group presentations and action plans for Bangladesh. The results were presented by the delegation at the DGUV headquarter in Berlin, at the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), and at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The audience consisted of high-level representatives from DGUV, BG ETEM, BMAS, BMZ, the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), IndustriALL Bangladesh Workers' Council, the Bengali Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Outlook and Sustainability

The Tripartite Exchange Programme is ongoing and linked to the European Union/ Bangladesh Sustainability Compact (BGD/13/10/EEC); the exchange programme started for the first time in August 2015. Further study visits are scheduled for 2016 and 2017.

Contact

Dr. Christian Bochmann
Tel.: +49 351 457-1140
Fax: +49 351 457-201140