Recent news

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

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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Bangladesh: Cabinet approves Bangladesh Labor (Amendment) Act, 2018

The proposed amendment to the Labour Act contains a number of important features …

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Bangladesh: HC seeks report on workers sexually harassed abroad

The High Court has taken the unprecedented step of demanding that several government departments determine within the next month how many Bangladeshi woman workers have been sexually harassed in foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia …

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Bangladesh: Labour law reform

The promised major labour law reform is currently finally taking shape …

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Bangladesh: Agreement reached between factory owners and employee representatives

Agreement has been reached between factory owners and employee representatives on the level of compensation that shall be paid when workplace injuries or fatalities take place …

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Bangladesh: Revision to minimum pay for the garment sector

A revision to minimum pay for the garment sector has not taken place since January 1st 2014 – when it was set at TK 5300 (US$65) a month …

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Bangladesh: Rampant drug abuse

A new report has revealed that over 7 million drug addicts exist in the country and that 77% of abusers were aged 16-35 …

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Bangladesh: Accord on fire and building safety

An accord on fire and building safety in the garment industry, set up in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza incident, is to be replaced next year with a government regulatory body …

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Bangladesh: Review of labour and judicial systems

The government is currently undertaking a major review of its labour and judicial systems …

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