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Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies – BILS

Established in 1995, Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies-BILS is the only labour institute of the country. As an apex organization, BILS endeavors to uphold the causes of working people and trade unions of Bangladesh. 12 major National Trade Union Federations are associated with BILS.

Keeping in view to build up a just and democratic society, enabling the workers organizations to play appropriate role as a major force BILS emphasizes on capacity building of the Trade Unions through training, research and information sharing. Protecting workers rights is the main objective of BILS and it strives to promote just and worker friendly policies and laws in Bangladesh. It also plays a catalyst role in bridging trade unions, civil society and the government on labour market issues.

What we do

  • Capacity Building and support TU
  • Advocacy and Lobbying
  • Training and Education
  • Elimination of Worst form of Child Labour
  • Organising Forum and Networking
  • Research and Studies
  • Communication and Information
  • Internship and Academic Collaboration


BILS, established by the labour movement, shall contribute to develop Bangladesh to be a prosperous democratic society, which will be free from discrimination and exploitation of all kinds and where equal rights and opportunities will be ensured for all people in respect of fulfilling their basic needs like food, shelter, education, medical care, social security, rule of law, peace and progressive socio-cultural environment. Workers should not be treated as a commodity but the respectable partner of progress.


BILS’s Mission is to co-operate the Trade Union movement in Bangladesh to grow like a social partner and as vanguard for democratic development and common prosperity. Forthcoming days are challenging and yet prosperous. The TU movement has always and shall in future too, have to overcome the challenges and embrace the prosperity. It is only way to improve the capacity of the National Trade Union Movement to put into effects in an organised and effective way, the real desire of the workers at large, who have learnt from their experience the necessity of unity, knowledge and skill.

Everyone has the right to form and join trade union for the protection of his/her interests.

Strength of BILS

Out of total 32 registered national trade union centres, major 14 are affiliated with BILS. BILS has active representative in various worker related Government Policy Intervention Committee. As a whole BILS has a great access to the working class through its affiliated national trade union centres and basic unions.

  • BILS can utilize all of its experiences, set-up and networks to reach the target group as well as to implement the proposed project.

BILS also have

  • Own Trainers team
  • Own Worker specific Training manuals/Handouts/Resource Documents
  • Modern Seminar Room
  • Own Training Centre
  • Own Research Team
  • Own Legal Advisor

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Who made us proud:

We are not so big that we can make a change overnight, We are not so small that we cannot initiate a change.

Nazrul Islam Khan
Secretary General, BILS