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(Apr 02, 2008) The Bangladesh interim cabinet approved the Bangladesh Labor (amendment) Ordinance 2008 on March 31. The ordinance allows only one trade union organization to conduct activities at the ports of Chittagong and Mongla. Prior law allowed more than one organization at both ports. In addition to allowing only one trade union to conduct activities at the ports, the new law provides that the union may not establish an office within 200 meters of the ports. Violation of these provisions may subject a violator to a three months' jail term and a fine of Tk. 25,000 (over $350).

The ordinance will come into effect through gazette notification. When the ordinance goes into effect, the Dock Workers Management Board in both the ports will cease to exist. The new port authorities are expected to employ the staff of the previous Management Board. (Government Toughens Labour Law, INDEPENDENT BANGLADESH, March 31, 2008, available at http://www.independent-bangladesh.com/200803313817/country/govt-toughens-
labour-law.html
.)

Author: Shameema Rahman More by this author
Topic: Labor More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Bangladesh More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008