Chittagong labour court gets workers’ legal aid cellAug 1, 2016
Published by: DhakaTribune
The aid cell will also provide training programmes for trade union leaders.
A legal aid cell has been established at Chittagong Labour Court recently by National Legal Aid Services Organisation (NLASO) of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs with the technical support from UNDP Bangladesh under its Women’s Access to Justice Project.
The cell, inaugurated on July 21, aims to ensure free legal aid services to thousands of workers who are employed in sectors like RMG, ship breaking, steel manufacturing, packed foods etc in Chittagong, the commercial capital of Bangladesh.
Worker’s Legal Aid Cell will provide legal advice, assist to conduct mediation to settle disputes, assist to draft grievance petition, engage legal aid panel lawyers and represent cases and create awareness by carrying out outreach activities.
The cell will also provide training programmes for trade union leaders.
At present a law officer has been engaged to provide primary services to carry out the services. The cell is now being supervised by the chairman of Labor Court alongside a special committee which will be formed soon to look after the daily activities. It will also be monitored by NLASO.