SKOP terms proposed labour law amendments unacceptable

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:28, Sep 04,2018

 
 

Leaders of Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad on Tuesday said the draft Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Bill 2018 approved by the cabinet was contrary to the section 87 and 98 of the International Labour Organisation.
The proposed amendments would hamper the free trade union rights of the workers, said SKOP joint secretaries Shukkur Mahmud and Naimul Ahsan Jewel in a press statement.
According to the amended provision, the factories having more than 2000 workers would be allowed to form trade unions with the representation of 20 per cent of workers instead of 30 per cent in the present law.
But the factories having workers less than 2000 workers will have to follow the previous provision, said leaders of SKOP, a combine of the 13 labour right bodies.
Keeping section 23, 26 and 180 in the labour law it would be difficult to introduce trade unions in the mills and factories, the statement said.
Moreover, they also opposed fixing compensation of Tk 2 lakh for death of a worker in the workplace saying that the compensation should equal to the life time earning of a worker.
The demand of six-month maternity leave for the female workers was also ignored, they said.
The cabinet on Monday approved in principle the Bangladesh Labour (Amendment) Bill 2018 to make harsher provisions against child labour in any industry and allow ‘light work’ for teens belonging to 14-18 age group.
The bill proposed reduction of the workers’ representation to 20 per cent from the existing 30 required for forming a union at a factory following recommendations of the International Labour Organisation.
The statement said, the employers would be able to appoint child workers below 18 due to ‘loophole in the law’ that allows employment of teens belonging to 14-18 age group for ‘light work’.

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