ILO, tripartite partners in Bangladesh, agree on measures to avoid further labour tragedies

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The Rana Plaza Building collapse in Bangladesh. ILO Photo

Tripartite partners in Bangladesh- (Government, employers and workers) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have agreed on the necessity to develop an action plan focusing on short and medium term steps to identify what needs to be done to prevent any future tragedies such as the recent collapse of a garment factory and factory fires.

Proposals call for the submission to Parliament, during its next session in June 2013, of a labour law reform package, that would improve protection, in law and practice, for the fundamental rights to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, as well as occupational safety and health.

Another proposal urges the assessment by the end of 2013, of the structural building safety and fire safety of all active export-oriented ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh, and initiate remedial actions, including relocation of unsafe factories.

The tripartite partners call on the ILO to launch a skills and training programme for workers who sustained injuries in the recent tragic events at Tazreen Fashions Ltd., Smart Export Garments and Rana Plaza that resulted in disability.

The partners also call for the recruitment, within 6 months at 200 additional inspectors by the Government and ensure that, the Department of the Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishments will have been upgraded to a Directorate with an annual regular budget allocation adequate to enable the recruitment of a minimum of 800 inspectors and the development of the infrastructure required for their proper functioning.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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