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By FutureLaw Desk

The International Trade Unions’ Confederation (ITUC), the world’s largest trade union federation has published its Global Rights Index 2018. According to the index, Bangladesh is among the 10 “worst” countries for workers’ rights, along with Algeria, Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

In the detailed analysis (attached below), ITUC noted that conditions in Asia-Pacific have deteriorated with an “increase in violence, criminalization of the right to the strike and a rise in arrests, detention and imprisonment of labour activists and trade union leaders.”

“All 22 countries in the region violated collective bargaining and the right to strike,” the report stated.

Global Rights Index of the ITUC

ITUC’s Global Rights Index 2018 ranks 142 countries against 97 internationally recognized indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected in law and in practice. ITUC has been collecting data on violations of workers’ rights to trade union membership and collective bargaining around the world for more than 30 years. The report of 2018 is the fifth index of ITUC.

Key findings of 2018 index:

  • 65% of countries exclude some groups of workers from labour law.
  • 87% of countries have violated the right to strike.
  • 81% of countries deny some or all workers collective bargaining.
  • Out of 142 countries surveyed, 54 deny or constrain free speech and freedom of assembly.
  • The number of countries in which workers are exposed to physical violence and threats increased by 10% (from 59 to 65) and include Bahrain, Honduras, Italy and Pakistan.
  • Countries where workers are arrested and detained increased from 44 in 2017 to 59 in 2018.
  • Trade unionists were murdered in nine countries – Brazil, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Guinea, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria and Tanzania.

You can access the full report from ITUC Website or from here –

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