Govt to allow limited scale trade union activities
The government has decided to ease the state of emergency on a limited scale to allow the trade unions carry out their activities for holding the overdue elections to the CBA (collective bargaining agents) bodies.
“We have conveyed the government decision to the home ministry, and hope it will issue a circular in this regard soon,” said LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday after a tripartite meeting on finalising the National Child Labour Elimination Policy 2008 at the Local Government Division's conference room.
The government imposed restrictions on trade union activities after the declaration of the state of emergency on January 11 last year.
Since the tenure of CBA bodies has expired, alternative committees and counter-committees have been formed in many industries, said Iqbal, also adviser to labour and employment ministry, who chaired the meeting.
Being alarmed at the prevailing situation which might lead to labour unrest, the government has decided to ease emergency to allow
holding of elections to CBA bodies, he added.
Acting Secretary of labour and employment ministry Dr Mahfuzul Haque, additional Home Secretary Sheikh Abdur Rashid, BKMEA President Fazlul Hoque, among others, attended the meeting.