IndusriAll Bangladesh Council has put forward a number of recommendations, including disposal of labour court cases within 180 days, on labour law reform.
Leaders of IndusriAll Bangladesh Council at a meeting with the state minister for labour on Tuesday placed the recommendations.
A delegation of the IBC led by its secretary general Md Towhidur Rahman met the state minister Md Mujibul Haque in his office at Secretariat.
‘We requested the government that the limit on factory relocation distance for giving benefits to workers should cut to 10-15 kilometres from existing 40 kilometres,’ Towhidur told New Age following the meeting.
The government had almost finalised the draft amendment to the labour law through the tripartite committee but unfortunately the labour ministry did not include any representative from IndustriAll in the committee, he said.
Towhidur said as per the definition of workers, trade union is allowed for any person including an apprentice employed in any establishment or industry either directly or through a contractor to do any skilled, unskilled, manual, technical, trade promotional or clerical work for hire or reward .
‘But we came to know that in the draft amendment owners representatives included a provision that the person who is formally authorised to exercise the administrative power will not be considered a worker,’ he said.
‘If the provision included in the labour law the employers would take advantage of the provision and trade union rights would be limited for a portion of workers,’ Towhidur claimed.
He said the IndustriAll demanded not to include the provision in the draft amendment to the labour law.
Labour courts in most of the cases take long time in delivering judgments although there was a provision in the law to dispose cases within 60 days from the date of filing of the case.
Longer time was required for the disposal of the cases as there were some ambiguity in the law and for that reason, IBC recommended that the time should be extended up to 180 days, Towhidur added.
State minister Muhubul Haq said the government would consider the recommendations forwarded by the IBC.
An official said that the state minister requested the IBC leaders to promote the image of the country in the forthcoming International Labour Conference to be held at Geneva in June.
The official also said that the draft amendment to the labour act would be finalised today (Wednesday) through the signing of tripartite committee members.
After the finalisation, the draft would be submitted to the labour ministry for the next course of actions, he added.