Violation of labour rights in the ship-breaking yards of Bangladesh

legal norms and reality

Md. Saiful Karim

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Ship-breaking started as an industry in Bangladesh in the early 1970s. This industry is not technically organized, and the management is also primitive and unsound. Although specific information is not available, it is estimated that about 700 workers have been killed and, at the same time, a total of 10,000 workers have been injured in explosions at the ship-breaking yards over the last three decades. This process continues unabated in the absence of specific legislation for regulating ship-breaking industries in Bangladesh. Against this backdrop, this paper identifies the major issues relating to enforcement of labour rights in the ship-breaking yards of Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-394
Number of pages16
JournalInternational journal of comparative labour law and industrial relations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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