On-line registration system for trade unions launched

An on-line registration system for trade unions and trade union federations has officially been launched by Bangladesh’s Department of Labour (DoL) with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

News | 07 April 2015
Workers wishing to register new unions are now being encouraged to apply on-line through the Department of Labour website www.dol.gov.bd. Paper-based submissions will also still be accepted in order to maximize the ability of worker groups to make applications.

Srinivas Reddy, ILO Country Director for Bangladesh said, “Since 2013 there has been significant growth in the number of enterprise level trade unions established in Bangladesh, especially in the ready-made garment sector. The online system should bring more transparency and accountability in processing trade union registrations. Over time, it should evolve into a vital tool that will help enhance labour rights across all industrial sectors.”

The on-line trade union registration system is developed to gradually include information on registered trade unions and trade union federations, complaints and actions taken in regard to unfair labour practices as well as educational and welfare activities for workers.

The system was developed with technical support from the ILO’s Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Bangladesh (FPRW) project funded by the US Department of Labor. Follow-up activities including orientation and training for government officials and workers representatives on how to use the system will be carried out by the FPRW project as well as the ILO’s Fundamental Rights and Labour Relations project funded by Norway.