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Bangladesh: Accord to departs on Nov 30

"Accord departs Nov 30"

The government will not extend the tenure of the Accord [a platform of nearly 200 mainly European retailers] beyond November 30, ending the hopes of the European agency for factory inspection and remediation to stay on in Bangladesh for three more years…

A few months ago the Supreme Court said there is no scope for extension of the tenure of the Accord, so the government cannot do anything more on this matter…[T]he Accord has started handing over the remediated factories to the RCC [Remediation Coordination Cell], an entity under the labour and employment ministry formed in May last year.

…a total of 60 engineers have been recruited for running the operations of RCC, formed to oversee the remediation and inspection after the departure of the Accord and Alliance [the North American inspection and remediation agency] from Bangladesh…

The RCC will recruit another 40 engineers soon to take the tally past 100, which is enough for skilful operation of the platform. Since the RCC has been formed in consultation with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), it has also sponsored some skilled engineers for the RCC.

...Rob Wayss, executive director of the Accord, said the agency submitted a transition plan to the labour ministry in the middle of September...

The factories that were handed over to the RCC have completed the remediation of safety hazard findings...

[T]he Alliance's tenure will automatically come to an end at the close of this year as it did not apply for an extension…

 

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