The AFL-CIO Reacts to Recently Passed Amendments to the Bangladesh Labor Law of 2006

July 23, 2013

On July 15, the Bangladesh Parliament passed legislation amending the Bangladesh Labor Law of 2006. In doing so, the Parliament changed 87 sections of the existing law. Many of those changes were not substantive and fail to address the concerns raised by workers' rights advocates. In our view, the changes made by the Bangladesh government did not bring the country’s labor law into compliance with ILO fundamental rights, conventions and standards. Indeed, unions and workers' rights advocates worked to fix the portions of the proposed law that actually weaken, rather than strengthen, protections for workers.

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