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Workers’ representation in trade union ‘to be brought down’  

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Thursday 10 May, 2018 09:52:17 pm

Workers’ representation in trade union ‘to be brought down’  

Dhaka, May 10 (UNB) - The government has decided to bring in necessary changes in the Labour Law and labour rules to bring down workers representation from 30 percent to 20 percent in formation of an association of union. 

Now at least 30 percent workers of a factory need to apply for registration to form a union. 

The decision was taken at a meeting organised by Foreign Affairs Ministry with diplomats and development partners to inform them about the various steps taken by Bangladesh government to ensure workers’ rights and welfare.

While briefing reporters, Senior Secretary of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Mohammad Shahidul Haque said two major decisions have been taken in the meeting. 

"One is to reduce the threshold to form a labour union to 20 percent from the existing 30 per cent so that formation of labour union becomes easier," he said.

“Another major decision taken at the meeting was that the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, will be inspecting the institutions under export processing zones (EPZ),” said the senior secretary adding that the EPZ law will be redrafted following the decisions taken in the meeting.

He said the decision has been taken to implement these through amending the law.

Though the diplomats suggested making the threshold to 10 percent, the senior secretary said, it is not possible right now keeping the concerns of employers and investors in mind.

As the main purpose of labour unions is to work as an organised bargaining agent for the workers, the EPZ workers’ association is also performing the same task, he added.

Representatives from the ILO, EU, European countries, America, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (Bepza) and Bangladesh Employers’ Federation were, among others, present.

While expressing their support, diplomats, during the meeting, emphasised continuing the efforts of Bangladesh government for more amendments to  Bangladesh Labour Law and to reduce conditions of forming labour unions to ensure workers’ rights and welfare.