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Bangladesh: Cabinet Set to Approve Draft of Amended Labour Law
Source: http://www.unbconnect.com
Source Date: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: Bangladesh
Created: Apr 23, 2013

The Cabinet is set to approve the draft containing an amendment to the Labour Law-2006 in principle tomorrow (Monday). Talking to UNB, Labour and Employment Secretary Mikail Shipar on Sunday said the workers, who have completed their jobs over 15 years, will get more gratuity as per the amendment. Earlier, workers used to get annul gratuity equivalent to a month's basic salary. Now, they will get annual gratuity equivalent to a month and a half'w basic salary - a 50 percent increase. Terming the draft amendment "labour and environment-friendly", he said it attached priority to safety. The amendment made it mandatory to form a safety committee and make it effective for factories with 50 or more workers, he said. As per the amendment, workers will have to inform the director (labour) if they intend to form or join trade unions at their factories. Earlier, they had to take permission from their owners, said the secretary.


As per the amendment, workers will be terminated from their jobs and be deprived of getting their salaries if they attack and ransack their factories. Under special power, the government can reconstitute the existing minimum wage board under any circumstance, says the draft law. After getting approval from the Cabinet, the draft Law will be sent to Law Ministry for vetting and then it will be sent to parliament soon for its passage. According to the ministry sources, the government on November 2005 formed a 35-member committee, led by State Minister for Labour and Employment Munnujan Sufian, to recommend relevant avenues for amending the Law. The latest draft was approved at an inter-ministerial meeting on April 18, where it was decided to forward it to the cabinet on Monday for approval.
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