Causes of weaknesses of trade unions in Bangladesh

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Causes of weaknesses of trade unions in Bangladesh:


Bangladesh lags far behind in industry. The number of small and medium enterprises that Bangladesh has inherited since independence (1971) is still plagued by various problems. As a result, a conducive environment has not been created, which is necessary for orderly movement and collective bargaining. The underdeveloped labor management relationship is also largely responsible for this.

The reasons for the weakness of workers in Bangladesh are discussed below:

1. Bad labor management relation:

One of the reasons for the weakness of the weak labor union is the underdeveloped labor management relationship. When labor management relations improve, the workers unite and the labor movement takes shape. On the other hand, when the labor management relationship is bad, the management and the workers have a negative attitude towards each other.

2. Lack of education of the workers:

Lack of education in the working class of Bangladesh is an obstacle in the way to the fair labor movement. As a result of the low education rate among the common people of Bangladesh, the education rate among the workers is also low. Due to illiteracy, the leaders misinterpret the workers’ movement. Due to this no constructive movement is possible.

3. Poor worker:

The poverty of workers is another cause of the weak labor movement. Because of the poverty of the workers, they are only concerned with survival. This situation prevented the workers from thinking of a fair labor movement.

Bangladeshi Worker

4. From poor farmer to worker:

Agriculture is the main livelihood of 80 to 90 percent of the people in this country. In agriculture, landlessness, unemployment, etc., farmers have to leave the agricultural profession and go to the city in search of jobs. As a result of changing jobs, the workers face unusual situations. As a result, they failed to express solidarity with the labor movement.

5. Lack of unity among the workers in the trade union:

Lack of unity among the workers is one of the reasons for the weak labor movement in Bangladesh. Conflicts among workers and divisions among labor leaders create disunity among workers.

6. Conflicts within the union:

The conflict between the trade unions is one of the main reasons for the weak labor movement. Ideological differences between multiple trade unions and each trade union in industrial establishments are one of the reasons for the antagonism between them.

7. Lack of proper leadership:

Causes of weaknesses of trade unions in Bangladesh. The lack of competent leaders is one of the reasons for the weakness of the workers’ union. In addition, due to leadership quarrels among the leaders of the trade unions, factions were formed and they became involved in self-conflict.

8. Narrow-mindedness:

In many cases, the leaders of trade unions place more importance on personal interests than on the interests of the organization. As a result, ordinary workers lost interest in the organization due to the narrow-mindedness of the leaders.

9. Small volume association:

Most of the trade unions in Bangladesh are organizationally weak due to their small size.

10. Owners’ non-cooperation with trade union:

In many cases, the employers do not help the workers to form trade unions but discourage them.

11. Political reasons:

Trade unions in Bangladesh often put political interests ahead of their own. That is to say, they became divided by working as an affiliate of a political party.

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