Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Bangladesh as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Bangladesh: Migrant workers to enjoy reduced costs for obtaining emigration clearance

The new reduced cost for “ordinary” workers departing for Kuwait, Jordan, Seychelles, Croatia, Mauritius, Bulgaria, Australia, Fiji and Russia is 52,850 taka (US$512), whilst the cost for skilled and professional workers leaving for Kuwait, Seychelles, Australia, Fiji and Russia is now 41,250 taka (US$399) …

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Bangladesh: Amendments to the Labour Law

Many fundamental changes are being made to the Labour Act, in response to a critique by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), that should be completed by next Summer …

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Bangladesh: Preparations for amending the Labour Act

The government has finally responded to threats from the European Commission (See DN 04/08/22) and is drawing up amendments to the Labour Act 2006 …

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Bangladesh: Labour reforms guarantees new mother paid leave after birth

Under the existing Labour Act 2006, a woman who failed to give due notice of an impending birth was able to still take 8 weeks leave after the birth, but not on a paid basis …

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Bangladesh: EU team concerned about delay in EPZ labour law amendment

The European Union has complained to the government because promised legal reforms have not been carried out …

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Bangladesh: Government to bring middlemen under legal framework

The Overseas Employment and Migrants Act 2013 is being amended to include “middlemen” as formal sub-agents …

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Bangladesh: Global unions and brands agree to 3-month extension of Bangladesh Accord

A number of leading international fashion brands have agreed to extend their current “accord” with trade unions UNI and IndustriALL by a further three months from 31st May 2021 …

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Bangladesh: EU pressures

The European Commission has begun to exercise its facility to insist on certain employment standards under the “Everything but Arms” (EBA) treaty …

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Bangladesh: Government sets rice mill workers’ minimum wage at Tk 7,810

A major industrial sector across the country is rice milling …

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Bangladesh: Confusion about the wage subsidy scheme

Although the government has introduced a wage subsidy scheme to allow companies in export-orientated industries to furlough staff on 60% of their normal wage, there remains much confusion about how such temporary layoffs should be handled …

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Bangladesh: Zakat al-fitr (Fitrana) salary payments

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has advised employers to make their monthly salary and benefit payments before Eid-ul-Fitr on the 23rd to the 24th May 2020 …

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Bangladesh: EZs to run under EPZ labour law, not Bangladesh labour law

The government has issued a statutory regulatory order bringing fully into force the EPZ Labour Act 2019 for all employees in special economic zones …

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Bangladesh: Over 17,000 cases pending in seven tribunals

It has become evident in recent months that thousands of cases remain stuck in waiting lists for Labour Court, and the single Labour Appellate Court, hearings …

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Bangladesh: Police and garment workers clash over wage rise

The planned rise in minimum wage to 8,000 taka ($95) a month for garment workers has given rise to widescale public protests …

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Bangladesh: China offers on-arrival visa for qualifying Bangladeshis

Bangladeshi citizens who are qualified and able to provide relevant supporting documents may now apply for visa on arrival at relevant Chinese ports and stay in the country for up to 30 days …

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