Bangladesh passes workers’ rights law

AFP-JIJI

Bangladesh approved a new labor law Monday to strengthen employees’ rights and improve workplace safety, following a factory building collapse that killed 1,129 people.

The “historic” legislation passed by parliament was drawn up in the wake of the factory collapse in April that spotlighted appalling conditions and the lack of rights for workers at the country’s 4,500 garment factories.

The new law “ensured full trade union rights” for millions of laborers, including those in factories making clothes for Western retailers, the head of the parliamentary committee on labor issues said.

Under the new law, workers no longer need approval from factory owners to form trade unions and insurance for workers is now also mandatory.