BWTUC experiences on ADB projects

BWI work organizing construction workers in an ADB-assisted railway rehabilitation project in Cambodia.  Conclusions:
•During negotiations and organising work it became obvious that there was not enough time or effort taken by the ADB, the government or the project engineer to adequately forecast and monitor labour costs or variances of these
•Very little latitude was allowed in the project and in financing workers’ costs not directly related to wages (e.g. accommodation, transportation, insurance, medical and annual leave, etc) which sometimes made negotiations difficult
•ADB was unwilling to get more involved in the practical issues affecting project implementation, but they must take a stronger role in ensuring their projects adequately plan for the ADB’s procurement guidelines and subsequently implement them
•Stronger efforts and emphasis from the ADB is needed to make sure governments and contractors take workers’ rights seriously
(BWI, May 2012)

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