The government has relaxed the ban on
trade-union activities at industries, commercial enterprises, ports and
factories on certain conditions.
The order will come into effect immediately, a home ministry notification said
Trade-union activities were shut down after the state of emergency was declared
across the country on January 11 last year.
The gazette said labor rights bodies can carry out their activities under the
Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 on a limited scale at any place in the country.
Election to collective bargaining agents (CBA) is now possible on permission
from police commissioners in city corporation areas and from district
The trade unions will have to report to metropolitan police commissioners,
district magistrates and in some cases upazila nirbahi officers (UNO) 48 hours
ahead of any meetings of not more than 100 people.
Permission from the officials will be required should such meetings draw over
100 people, the notification said adding that no gatherings exceeding 500 people
will be permitted.