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19 Mar 2019

Naimul Karim, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Bangladesh: Garment workers filed record no. of complaints in 2018 signalling effectiveness of Accord, unions say

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"Complaints about safety in Bangladesh factories hit a high in 2018", 19 March 2019

Garment factory workers in Bangladesh filed a record number of complaints about safety - 662 - last year, showing that a mechanism set up by European fashion brands to improve working conditions was proving effective, trade unions said...

The Accord said it had resolved about one-third of the complaints it had received - from physical abuse and sexual harassment to mandatory overtime and non-payment of maternity benefits. A similar number fell outside its mandate, it said.

The latest figures come as the Accord is battling to extend its stay in Bangladesh until 2021, as agreed by its signatories, when it will be replaced by a national regulatory body...