• Saturday, Jun 25, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Govt to now allow trade unions in EPZ factories

  • Published at 09:10 pm April 24th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:14 pm April 24th, 2017
Govt to now allow trade unions in EPZ factories
The government will now allow workers of export processing zone factories to form trade unions. This decision followed repeated warnings from the European Union to the Bangladesh government to make some progress in the implementation of workers’ rights or to risk having its GSP facilities cancelled. Currently, the EU is the single largest export destination for the ready-made garments manufactured in Bangladesh. At present, Bangladesh enjoys duty-free market access to the EU countries for all products under the Everything But Arms (EBA) preferential tariff scheme.
Also Read- EU warns Bangladesh of GSP suspension over labour rights
A suspension of this facility could lead up to 12% tariff on imports from Bangladesh. At a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, held at the Secretariat yesterday, the Cabinet discussed whether trade unions would be allowed in the EPZ factories. This was disclosed to reporters by a Cabinet member after the meeting concluded. He said Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed had raised the issue at the Cabinet meeting and had requested that the amendment of the existing labour law be withdrawn from parliament for further amendment of the law.
Also Read- EU wants uniform labour standard in and outside EPZs
According to the Cabinet member, Tofail had also said if 50% of the members of the Workers Welfare Association of the EPZ factories consented to registering as a trade union, then the WWA would be allowed to register under Ministry of Labour and Employment as a trade union. The Cabinet member also said the prime minister had mentioned that the US had already cancelled GSP facilities and that she was not interested in getting those facilities back. He further quoted the prime minister as saying: “I am confident that we will overcome the GSP problem with the EU.”
Also Read- EU wants trade unions in EPZ
On March 18 this year, three European Commission bodies sent a joint communiqué which said it was essential that the Bangladesh government implement the four recommendations made by an International Labour Organisation committee last year, or risk being shut out from the GSP that it enjoyed. Subsequently, on March 24, the European Union had repeated this warning to the government.  
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail