Poor standards of accommodation Poor working conditions
Sections 91 to 97 set out the minimum standards for the accommodation of workers, including availability of suitable washing facilities, adequate rooms and suitable lunch room, and rooms for the use of children. Sections 95-97 refer to recreational and housing facilities in tea plantations in particular.
[sic] Section 91. Washing facilities:
(1) In every establishment
(a) adequate and suitable facilities for washing and bathing shall be provided and maintained for the use of the workers therein;
(b) separate and adequately screened facilities shall be provided for the use of male and female workers; and
(c) such facilities shall be conveniently accessible and shall be kept clean.
(2) The Government may in respect of any establishment or class or description of establishments or of any manufacturing process, prescribed standards of adequate and suitable facilities for washing.
Section 93. Shelters, etc:
(1) In every establishment wherein more than fifty workers are ordinarily employed, adequate and suitable shelters or rest rooms, and a suitable lunch room, with provision for drinking water, where workers can eat meals brought by them, shall be provided and maintained for the use of the workers.
Provided that any canteen maintained in accordance with the provisions of section 92 shall be regarded as part of the requirements of this sub-section:
Provided further that where a lunch room exist, no worker shall eat any food in the work room.
(2) The shelters, rest rooms or lunchrooms provided under sub-section (1) shall be sufficiently lighted and ventilated and shall be maintained in a cool and clean condition.
(3) In the establishments wherein more than 25 female workers are employed, separate shelter rooms are to be maintained and in establishment wherein less then 25 female workers are employed, separate and adequate spaces with screen shall be provided.
Section 94. Rooms for children:
(1) In every establishment, wherein forty or more workers are ordinarily employed, thee shall be provided and maintained a suitable room or rooms for the use of children under the age of six years of such women.
(2) Such rooms shall provide adequate accommodation, adequately lighted and ventilated and maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and shall be under the charge of woman trained or experienced in the care of children and infants.
(3) Such rooms shall be conveniently accessible to the mothers of the children accommodated therein and so far as is reasonably practicable they shall not be situated in close proximity to an part of the establishment where obnoxious fumes, dust or odors are given off or in which excessively noisy processes are carried on.
Section 95. Recreational and educational facilities in tea plantation: The Government may, in respect of the plantations:
(a) make rules requiring every employer to make provision for such recreational facilities for the workers and their children as may be prescribed;
(b) where the children of the tea plantation workers between the ages of six and twelve of the workers exceed twenty-five in number, make rules requiring the employer to provided educational facilities for the children in such manner and of such standard as may be prescribed.
(c) In every tea plantation there shall be established adequate medical centers for the workers and their children as may be prescribed by rules.
Section 96. Housing facilities in tea plantation: Every employer in a tea plantation shall provide housing facilities to every worker and his family residing in the tea plantation.
Section 97. Facilities for daily necessities, etc. in tea plantation: Every employer in a tea plantation shall provide facilities within easy reach of the workers for obtaining the daily necessities of life.
Law / 11 October 2006 / Bangladesh / Labour Act 2006
The Bangladesh Labour Act of 2006 combined and amended a number of laws relating to the employment of workers, minimum wages, compensation for work-related injuries, the formation of trade unions, health and safety, the welfare and working environment of employees, and other related issues. The Act also provides for compensation to workers for injuries sustained in the workplace. The Act applies to both permanent workers and workers employed through a contractor. Under the Act, a contractor who employs workers is treated as an employer and is liable for any violations of the provisions of the law.