Matuail Barja Sampad Tokai Shramojibi Samity Ltd.
Got Registration under Department of Cooperatives
The waste pickers of Matuail area formed a cooperative association named ‘Matuail Borjo Sampad Tokai Shramojibi Samity Ltd.’ And got registration from Department of Cooperatives under Rural Development and Cooperatives Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives in June 02, 2015. Its registration number is 00213. A group of 20 members were organized and 98 of the signed-up for membership under the newly registered cooperatives.The association has been trying to take some initiatives with the support of OSHE for the sustainability of association.
The national Working Group (with the representative of trade unions, civil societies, academics and labour rights based activist/NGOs) actively working on develop a common advocacy tool regarding rights and social protection of the waste pickers in the country. As a result of long time advocacy for the recognition of Dhaka city corporations, Dhaka north and south city corporations started thinking of waste pickers and this time they are very much cooperative to help OSHE for implementing interventions for waste pickers.
A policy advocacy paper on waste picker issue has been developed and using as campaign tool in ongoing lobbying towards recognition of waste pickers as occupation in the relevant national policies and in labour law of the country.
An advocacy group has established in OSHE and they are continuously working with policy makers of government and city authorities with a demand of framing due policy and law in support of recognition of waste pickers as labour.