Update: Bangladesh agrees to allow garment workers to form trade unions

Local and international trade unions have long campaigned for changes to the 2006 Labor Act in Bangladesh. In light of the recent garment factory tragedy, changes to that act have been announced by Bangladesh’s government, lifting restrictions on forming trade unions in most industries in the country.  Previously, the law required workers to obtain permission before they could unionize.

The excerpt below is taken from a CTV News online post by:
Jarid Hossain, The Associated Press, and published Monday, May 13, 2013 7:54AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh’s government agreed Monday to allow the country’s garment workers to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners, the latest response to a building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people and focused global attention on the industry’s hazardous conditions.  Read more…

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