Recently upgraded Department of Labour has started its operation as a department after the government defined its jurisdiction and responsibility through a gazette notification issued on July 9.
On November 27 last year, the government upgraded labour directorate to labour department with the approval of 209 new posts and six regional offices considering need for addressing the rights issues of the rising number of workers properly.
‘Although the government upgraded the labour department in November last year, the activities of the department were running under the organogram of the directorate. The organisation started its work as a department on June 9 as the government defined the jurisdiction and responsibility of the department’s offices under its new organogram on the day,’ one of the DoL officers told New Age on Thursday.
He said that the labour directorate used to run its activities through 39 offices across the country and the department started its works with 52 offices including head office, five divisional offices (A category), one divisional office (B category), nine regional offices, 32 labour welfare centres and four industrial relation institutes.
Through the gazette notification the manpower of the department have been relocated to the labour intensive areas with specific duties, said SM Anamul Hoque, director of the DoL.
He said that it would be easier for the department to resolve industrial disputes within short time through the regional offices of the department.
At the same time, workers will be able to submit applications for the registration of trade unions to their nearest regional offices of the department, Anamul said.
As per the gazette notification, the divisional and regional office would investigate anti-trade union dis crimination and supervise the activities of participation committee and the elections of the executive committee of trade unions.
The gazette notification said that the labour welfare centres would provide treatment and medicines to workers and their families.
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