Bangladesh: Important decisions delayed at government's ready made garment labour welfare & safety taskforce meetings due to BGMEA & BKMEA Directors' absentia

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5 October 2017

Bangladesh: Official data shows half of garment factories do not form safety committees as legally required

Author: Readymade Garment Bangladesh

"Half of apparel units flout needs for safety committees", 23 Sep 2017

Nearly half of the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) factories are yet to set up their safety committees despite having legal compulsion... Recent findings of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishment (DIFE) under the ministry of labour and employment revealed that some 2,174 safety committees were formed...About 4,795 garment factories are operating across the country....Any factory that employs 50 or more workers must form a safety committee, which would function as per...the law amended in 2013...[T]he rules published in September 2015, the existing factories have to form such committees within six months from the date the rules come into effect, while the factories, set up after the formulation of the rules, have to do it within nine months after production starts....The regular inspection conducted by DIFE inspectors found that the rate of forming safety committee and other compliance issues in garment factories, affiliated with either the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), is relatively poor...


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17 February 2014

Bangladesh safety progress painfully slow [Bangladesh]

Author: Leonie Barrie,

Close to a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, progress on improving worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh has been painfully slow - but who is responsible for the delays? The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last week heard that progress has been insufficient to justify a reinstatement of the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) benefits. And the testimonies show that much more needs to be done to comply with an action plan laid out by the US last year.

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15 February 2014

BGMEA, BKMEA bosses dodge RMG safety taskforce meeting [Bangladesh]

Author: Syful Islam, Financial Express [Bangladesh]

None of the directors of the BGMEA and the BKMEA are attending the meetings of government's taskforce on labour welfare and occupational safety in readymade garment (RMG) sector causing delay in implementation of important decisions, sources said…Contacted, BGMEA director…told the FE that he was too busy to attend any meeting of the taskforce….BKMEA director…said he was able to attend some of the meetings out of 12 held so far…He claimed that officials who attend the meetings are empowered to take decisions.

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