Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training on Monday started holding public hearing on migrant workers’ problems facing at home and abroad.
Returnee migrants, rights activists and recruiting agents took part in the public hearing held at BMET conference room. BMET director general Salim Reza presided over the public hearing.
Migrant worker Nurjahan Begum told the public hearing that she returned home empty-handed from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the help of Bangladesh embassy.
She said that she faced serious tortures of her employer. ‘I worked for six months but they paid wage of two months,’ she said.
Though female migration was supposed to be free of cost, Nurjahan had to pay Tk 50,000 to broker in Bangladesh for the Saudi job in domestic works
She said that she was stranded in the bathroom of employer house. Her right leg was burnt by hot water.
Another two female workers Rina Akter and Rupali Khatun also narrated the same problems at the public hearing.
Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendra executive director Sumaiya Islam who helped Nurjahan to return home from the KSA told the public hearing that woman workers were underpaid by the employers in Saudi Arabia.
‘The female workers are set to pay SR 1000 monthly but after arrival they get only SR 800,’ she mentioned.
KSA is the largest destination of Bangladeshi domestic workers. Over 73,000 female workers were sent to Saudi Arabia in 2018, according to BMET.
Speaking at the hearing BMET director general Salim Reza said that they were receiving many complaints from returnee migrant workers and their family members about various angels of problems.
He said that BMET decided to hold public hearing on every Monday at 11am to resolve the suffering of the problems extending their services to the migrants.
He asked the concerned officials to take notes of the case of the migrant workers for taking legal action.
He asked the recruiting agents who took part in the public hearing to take necessary steps to reduce the problems of the migrant workers.
BMET officials, recruiting agents and stakeholders were present at the hearing.