Bangladesh has been elected to the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the term 2014-2017 after a gap of three years.
The election is recognition of Bangladesh’s close working relations with ILO, which has been further intensified in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza tragedy towards far-reaching labour sector reform, especially in the RMG sector. ILO is providing technical assistance to Bangladesh under its flagship Better Work Programme, aimed at further promoting collective bargaining and improving decent work conditions in the RMG industry.
The voting took place during the ongoing 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva on Monday, 02 June 2014. Bangladesh received 234 votes at the elections. Mr. Mikail Shipar, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, was present during the voting.
As ILO’s executive body, the Governing Body takes decisions on ILO’s policies and its programme and budget, and also elects the Director-General.
Bangladesh’s membership in the ILO Governing Body would allow it to reflect its labour market concerns and priorities in the agenda-setting for ILO’s work. It would also allow Bangladesh to share its good practices concerning labour law implementation, tripartite consultative mechanism, social protection schemes, promotion of migrant workers’ rights and ‘greener jobs’ creation on a sustainable basis, among other issues.