The ITUC-Bangladesh Council in collaboration with the ITUC-Asia Pacific organized a National Conference entitled “Trade Union Strategy towards United Action in Democratic Atmosphere” in Dhaka on 23-24 August 2013. The Conference was the realization on the part of the trade unions the need to work together to strengthen the trade union movement to achieve its goal to promote and defend workers basic rights to organize and bargain collectively in a country where fragmentation and division of unions are very much pronounced weakening the bargaining power of workers. The objectives of the meeting were: to create better understanding and harmonious relationship among the leaders of the affiliates, draw an action plan for united work and implement the action plan. 212 national and enterprise level union leaders from the six affiliates, including 63 women, from all over the country participated in the two-day conference.
The Conference adopted recommendations which included: form youth committees in each federation and ITUC-BC, dissemination of the conference decisions to every basic union, districts and regions; holding of Divisional Conferences in 2014; holding of National Conference and formulation of National Charter; Formation of committees to resolve internal conflicts; full support to each federation to the elected CBA in the movement; etc.
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