The Labour Appellate Tribunal on Monday issued a show-cause notice to the labour department’s director general for the department’s delay in giving registration to the proposed Grameenphone Employers’ Union.
The tribunal issued the notice following a contempt of court petition filed by the GPEU on the day.
GPEU general secretary Miah Mohammad Shafiqur Rahman Masud moved the petition as the labour department was yet to give registration to the union even after 26 days of getting Labour Appellate Tribunal’s order in this regard.
‘Although the labour department was supposed to give registration within seven days under the labour law, the DoL is yet to give registration despite the Labour Appellate Tribunal’s order to grant registration to the GPEU,’ Mohammad Selim Ahsan Khan, lawyer for GPEU, told New Age.
As the department violated court order, the Labour Appellate Tribunal asked the labour department’s director general to explain in seven days why punitive measures would not be taken against him, Selim said.
Earlier, in June 30, 2016, the tribunal asked the authorities concerned to give registration to the GPEU following an appeal filed by the union.
The GPEU filed the appeal against a labour court verdict vacating an earlier order of the Labour Appellate Tribunal in 2015 following a writ petition moved by Grameenphone.
The country’s leading mobile phone operator moved the writ petition against the Labour Appellate Tribunal order that had asked the labour department to give registration to the proposed GPEU.
The issue first came to court in August, 2012 when the GPEU filed a case against the labour department’s rejection decision on the GPEU’s application for registration.
The GPEU had applied for its registration on July 23, 2012.
The labour department, however, rejected the proposal within four days without giving the union any chance to make correction in its application, Miah Mohammad Shafiqur Rahman Masud told New Age while staging a human-chain programme in front of the labour directorate office in Dhaka on Monday.
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