ILO and Bangladesh Govt. launch major 3.5-year initiative to improve working conditions and safety in garment factories
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Author: Clean Clothes Campaign & International Labour Rights Forum
Thursday 24th October marks six months since the deadliest disaster to hit the garment industry, when Rana Plaza collapsed. With over 1,100 people killed and thousands more injured the battle for full and fair compensation continues...CCC and International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) have launched this short report looking at the battle for compensation for both victims families and the survivors of both Rana Plaza and the Tazreen Fashions Fire.
StIll waiting : Six months after history’s deadliest apparel industry disaster, workers continue to fight for compensation
Author: Liana Foxvog, Judy Gearhart, Samantha Maher, Liz Parker, Ben Vanpeperstraete & Ineke Zeldenrust, Clean Clothes Campaign & International Labour Rights Forum
Six months after the Rana Plaza building collapse and eleven months after the Tazreen Fashions fire, the injured workers and the families who lost loved ones face immense financial hardship. In addition to the physical pain and psychological trauma, they are suffering from loss of income while continuing to await full and fair compensation from government, factory owners, and European and North American brands and retailers.
The Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and the International Labour Organization have launched a major initiative – including a new Better Work programme -aimed at improving working conditions in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh. The three-and-a-half year initiative, ‘Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector’ - (RMGP) focuses on minimizing the threat of fire and building collapse in ready-made garment factories and on ensuring the rights and safety of workers.
Woolworths Australia, GEBRA, Wünsche Group of Germany, became the latest brands to sign the Accord, which aims to make the garment industry safe and sustainable for years to come...The signatory brands have committed to making the changes garment workers need to improve factory safety. The Accord, a broad coalition of industry-leading brands with IndustriALL Global Union and UNI, covers more than 1,600 factories and over 2 million workers in Bangladesh.
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