Existing labour law better than the proposed draft
The proposed amendment to the labour law, which is expected to be finalised this month, still have some provisions that go against the garment workers' interests, experts said yesterday.
“In some areas, the existing law is better than the draft proposal,” said AKM Nasim, senior legal counsellor of the American Centre for International Labour Solidarity (ACILS).
“Take for instance, the provision for owners to terminate workers for “arson, vandalism and obstruction to work” -- no such words are present in the existing labour law.”
Nasim's comments came at a discussion on “Creating better environment for garments workers and improving working conditions in the readymade garment sector: reforming the labour law”, organised by the National Human Rights Commission at BRAC Centre Inn in the city.
The revision has also curtailed the service benefits, especially of the garment workers, as factory owners would be able to dismiss workers for any misconduct, he said.