ILO sends mission to Bangladesh following building collapse

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) is sending a high-level mission to Bangladesh following the collapse of a building housing textile factories last week.

According to reports, more than 380 people died in the disaster at the Rana Plaza building where workers produce garments.

The ILO's Deputy Director-General for Field Operations, Gilbert Houngbo, will lead the mission to Bangladesh.

He says it's important for the agency to express its sympathy with the workers and people of Bangladesh after this disaster.

"Secondly it's important because this is squarely in the ILO's mandate. We need to work and discuss with the authorities, with the employers, with the workers but with concrete actions that we can put together to minimize the risks from happening. We know the problem. We have already been working with all the government and authorities in Bangladesh on those occupational safety and health issues." (24")

The ILO delegation is scheduled to be in Bangladesh from 1 to 4 May to meet with officials and visit the site of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

Mr. Houngbo is also expected to visit a hospital to see the injured workers.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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