Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Bangladesh not to immediately bring EPZs under labor law
Bangladesh not to immediately bring EPZs under labor law
Jul '13
The Government of Bangladesh would not be immediately bringing the factories in the Export Processing Zones (EPZs) under the purview of the amended labor law, meaning workers would be barred from trade unionism.
Labor and employment secretary Mikail Shipar said in a press conference that the EPZs are run under the EPZ Act which would be expiring in December this year, and the Government has no immediate plans to bring them under the labor law.
Mr. Shipar said Bangladesh was under pressure from the European Union (EU) and the US to establish trade union rights inside the EPZs, similar to the way they are established outside the EPZs.
Two committees would be formed soon to formulate the rules and regulations about the labor law, he added.
Speaking about the recruitment of 200 factory inspectors by the end of 2013, Mr. Shipar said arrangements have been made to appoint 60 factory inspectors within next two to three months and the rest 140 would be appointed gradually. 
The recruitment of 200 factory inspectors would be in addition to the Government’s pledges to ensure trade union rights in the country’s burgeoning readymade garments sector outside the EPZs and appointment of 600 additional factory inspectors.
Earlier this week, Bangladesh Parliament passed the Bangladesh Labor (Amendment) Bill 2013, under which the workers would not need to seek approval from their employers to form trade unions.
Meanwhile, the US Government, which suspended its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) facility for Bangladeshi products, has set a 15 point plan of action for the Bangladeshi Government to implement in the readymade garment sector as well as the EPZs and shrimp sector which would provide the basis for restoring the facility. 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Jun 2017

Half of 7,000 new apparel online each day target women

Adobe has released its first Digital Price Index for apparels,...

Textiles | On 25th Jun 2017

First Insight, Chico's FAS enter partnership

First Insight, a technology company transforming how retailers make...

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Jun 2017

Expand changing use of social and web resources

With over 400 million impressions to date and web traffic of over two ...

Interviews View All

Md Hanifur Rahman
Aman Group

The level of understanding the job role and organisational requirements...

Karel Williams
Dow Microbial Control

'Silvadur is most rapidly adopted in areas where hygiene-conscious and...

Sonia Agarwal

‘The terms eco-friendly and organic are common but everyone perceives them ...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Eric Scholler

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Sonam & Paras Modi

Sonam and Paras Modi's Sva Couture is synonymous with head-turning...

Aditi Somani
Aditi Somani

Aditi Somani specialises in luxury fusion wear with international cuts and ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


news category

Related Categories:
June 2017

June 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search