Vol. 4 Num 218 Mon. January 05, 2004  
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HC stays execution of govt order lifting ban on TU in EPZs

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for five weeks execution of the latest government notification that said trade unionism (TU) may be allowed in the EPZs (export processing zones) when it deemed necessary.

An HC Division bench of Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman and Justice Abdus Salam Mamun issued a rule upon the government to show cause why a direction should not be passed that it has no lawful authority to introduce trade unionism in the EPZs.

The rule, returnable in six weeks, was issued upon a writ challenging the latest notification and filed by Youngone Corporation of South Korea and 21 others who have their industrial units in Chittagong EPZs.

The HC also stayed the operation of modified instructions applicable to the foreign investors by Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA).

The latest government notification of December 31, 2003, cancelled its earlier notification issued two years ago, lifting the ban on trade union activities in the EPZs from this month. The fresh notification however said the government may allow TU activities in the EPZs when it deemed necessary.

Dr M Zahir appeared for the petitioners while Assistant Attorney General Zaman Akhtar Bulbul stood for the government.