A Labour Court in Dhaka has issued an arrest warrant against Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus in three cases filed for terminating employees over formation of trade union.
Dhaka’s Third Labour Court chairman Rahibul Islam issued the warrant on Wednesday for his non compliance with the court order that summoned him earlier.
On July 3, three former employees, who had been dismissed from the Grameen Communications established, lodged the cases against the Nobel laureate and two officials with the same court. The court summoned them to appear before it on October 8.
The company managing director Naznin Sultana and deputy general manager Khandaker Abu Abedin, except Dr Yunus, surrendered before the court and secured bail.
Abdus Salam, one of the plaintiffs of the cases, said some employees formed a trade union– Grameen Communications Sramik Karmachari Union- for organising themselves and own welfare.
The trade union applied to the director general and registrar of the trade union for its registration on April 16, 2019. But, they were denied permission on June 9.
Abdus Salam alleged that the accused started misbehaving with them after he came to know the trade union formation. At one stage, the accused sacked three employees-Abdus Salam, Shah Alam and Emranul Haque– without showing any reason behind the termination.