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Minimum Wage Raise

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 18 January 2018.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…we hear about the formation of a new government wage board. The board will set a new minimum wage for the garment workers. India becomes a major garment export market for Bangladesh. And Bangladesh is likely to graduate from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status soon.

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Issues in the Labour Market

The Informal Sector: Considering Productivity

Accounting for Low Productivity in the Informal Sector

At six o’clock in the morning Mariam, now 18 years old, wakes up and gets ready for the day. She works at a garments factory just outside Dhaka city. As she brushes her hair, she remembers her work as a maid. She was just a child. She cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids when their parents weren’t around. Maryam has bad memories of those times. She always felt the family were unhappy with her work. But she didn’t know why. Sometimes they were happy and would give her gifts of clothes and sometimes money.  When she they were unhappy…well, those really were painful memories.

That’s all behind her now. But work in the factory isn’t easy, either.

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The Hazards of Work

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 12th October  2017.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

Workers remain vulnerable to discrimination.

Small farmers, migrant labourers, women and child workers are the most challenged by poor labour practices and unfair market conditions.

Small farmers continue to face discrimination in the agriculture sector. And Bangladeshi migrant workers face harsh situations abroad. Women suffer violence and inequality at work. Unfortunately, child labour remains widespread.

Recruitment policy is not always fair in either public or private sector jobs.

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Rice Farmers Compete

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labor market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 21st July 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…a new variety of rice gives farmers a competitive edge in the export market . We see the benefits and risks for Bangladesh workers in the Middle East. And schools are not preparing young people for jobs.

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Old Work New Light

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 19th May 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…coverage on the plight of domestic workers. Training for individuals with physical disabilities takes the spotlight in labour and training talks. Increasing availability of electricity due to renewable energy, and organic farming practices help develop rural areas in long-lasting ways.

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Security for Domestics

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development.This week’s round up is drawn from The Daily Star. Here is the news for the week ending 17th March 2016.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

…agreements to send Bangladeshi workers to Malaysia reach an impasse. The International Labour Organization explores the plight of domestic workers and international buyers are criticised for driving down pay in Bangladesh garments factories. A Swedish expert says a systematic approach to helping the poor is more effective than just giving cash handouts. And on an agricultural note Bangladeshi potatoes head overseas.

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Women in the Workplace

A weekly round up of articles about employment, the labour market, skills training and workforce development. Read below or download the news for the week ending 27th August.

This week in the Bangladesh English Press…

… the ups and downs of migrant workers and their remittances are reported. The UK Minster of State for International Development visits Bangladesh. And we run through some of the issues for women in the work place including the conditions of domestic workers.