Internationally recognised core labour standards in Bangladesh: Report for the WTO Council review of the trade policies of Bangladesh [Bangladesh]

Author: International Trade Union Confederation , Published on: 1 October 2012

…The law of Bangladesh does not adequately provide for freedom of association, the right to collective bargaining and the right to strike. The law establishes excessive requirements and complicated procedures in order to register a trade union…Employers are not impeded from using various anti-union practices including threats, dismissals, legal suits against unionists and intimidation…Export Processing Zones (EPZs) fall under special labour legislation whereby basic rights are not permitted and workers are prevented from organising and bargaining collectively...the law does not extend adequate protection to women, disabled persons and persons living with HIV/AIDS…Child labour is not regulated in compliance with international standards and enforcement is ineffective. [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Dhaka/Beijing Dyeing & Weaving Industries, Advanced Chemical Industries & BGEE Garments to respond. We will indicate when the companies respond].

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