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Trade union rights sought for entertainment workers

KATHMANDU: Voices have been raised for incorporating entertainment workers into the official trade union. The data shows that the number of entertainment sectors’ workers in the country is around half million. Entertainment business, contractors companies and agricultural sector have been categorised as non-formal sectors.
The Bishwas Nepal, a social organisation, conducted a programme here Friday to discuss the issues concerning the people of entertainment sector. The participants of the programme underlined the need of finding measures to systematise the field for capacity enhancement of workers and guaranteeing their rights. Their association with the trade union was necessary to advance collective bargain.
Nepal Trade Union Congress leader Dhruba Chandra Gautam said a labour act on social security has been achieved, following a two-decade struggle. He insisted on the need of protecting social security and entrepreneurship of workers.
Rights activist Binod Karki said workers of dance bar, restaurants and eateries would be entitled to contribution-based facilities and other sorts of securities provided that their business was officially recognised by the trade union.
Organisation Chair Tara Bhandari stressed the need of archiving the business details by the local level themselves and bringing people associated into the tax network.
Organisation Executive Director Bal Kumari Ale said an entry of workers from entertainment sectors to official trade union would help find a safer working zone for them by minimising various exploitations they are facing. It is also expected to empower them.

Published Date: Friday, August 10th, 2018 | 09:14 PM

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