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7 Jul 2014

Daily Star, Bangladesh

Bangladesh allows welfare unions in special economic zones after factory building collapse

"Workers can form 'welfare bodies' to bargain for rights", Daily Star, 7 July 2014

The government...approved in principle draft of a labour law for export processing zones incorporating the provision to allow workers to form welfare organisations to bargain for their rights. The approval for 'Bangladesh EPZ Labour Act-2014' draft came at a regular meeting of cabinet held at Secretariat with Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina in the chair. The name of such committees will be 'Workers Welfare Associations', Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after the meeting...Worker recruitment, conditions of job, facilities during maternity period, work place environment, work hours, wages, labour court formation have been incorporated in the draft.