Bangladesh EPZ Labour Bill, 2019 was passed in the Jatiya Sangsad on Wednesday to ensure better welfare of the labourers employed in the industries set up at Export Processing Zones (EPZ).
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, (In-charge of Prime Minister’s Office in Parliament) moved the bill in the House, which was unanimously passed by voice votes with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Piloting the bill, he said the proposed bill will ensure fixation of minimum wage, recruitment, owner-labour relation, salary payment, accidental compensation, healthcare and security.
According to the bill, the EPZ workers will enjoy the freedom of associations to realise their demands.
Earlier, the House sent the bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Labour Ministry for further scrutiny and asked for returning it back in the House after 15 working days. Accordingly the Standing Committee placed its report in the House with its recommendation to pass the bill.