No visible progress in seven months

Labour court in Sylhet

Although the government had issued gazette notification seven months ago to set up labour court in Sylhet, the activities of the labour court has not begun till now. The government decided to establish new labour courts in Sylhet, Barishal and Rangpur by the end of 2019 to clear the backlog of cases. The gazette notification was published in this regard on June 24 in 2019.

The people of Sylhet division have to go to Chattogram to deal cases in labour court there. The people have been facing suffering for long. In this backdrop, the government planned to establish the labour court in Sylhet. The people of the region became happy following the government’s decision.
Leaders of labour organisations have been demanding to launch a labour court in Sylhet division to ease people’s suffering. The labour leaders said that after issuing the gazette notification, the 2nd labour court of Chattogram did not receive any case till November last year. Later, they had begun receiving cases following directive from the Labour and Employment Ministry. As a result, millions of workers from Sylhet have been suffering till now.

According to government’s gazette notification, alongside the three labour courts in Dhaka division, two in Chattogram division, one in Khulna and another in Rajshahi, the government decided to establish more three labour courts in Sylhet, Barishal and Rangpur division. Millions of labour from tea-garden, Saw-mill, Chatal, Printing have to go to 2nd labor court in Chattogram for solution of various cases. Convener of Tea-workers association of Moulvibazar Rajdeo Kayri said, “We have to live on Tk 102 wages daily. It is not possible for us to go to Chattogram easily if any trouble happens in our job. So a labour court in Sylhet is a must.”

President of Moulvibazar District Worker Union Mostofa Kamal said after long time, the government announce to launch a labour court in Sylhet but the decision is not being implemented. “We demand implementation of decision as soon as early. We have already submitted a memorandum to the secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment in favour of our demand,” he said. When asked, Deputy Inspector General of Sreemangal Industry and Institutions Mahbubul Hasan said if a labour court is established in Sylhet, this would ease suffering of labourers. He drew attention of the higher authorities to establish the labour court in the Sylhet division immediately.