ILO programme aims to improve safety in garment industry in Bangladesh

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Garment industry in Bangladesh ( © Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Efforts to improve safety in Bangladesh's garment industry are getting a boost as the Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a US$24.21 million initiative – including a new Better Work programme aimed at improving working conditions.

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.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says "The ready-made garment industry is vital to Bangladesh's economic growth but it needs to be safe and sustainable," adding, "This programme supports the National Tripartite Plan of Action on fire safety and structural integrity and will lead to lasting improvements in working conditions for the tens of thousands of garment factory workers in Bangladesh."

The programme has been developed in collaboration with government, employers' and workers' representatives, in response to a number of industrial accidents in the sector, including the Rana Plaza building collapse in April, in which more than 1,100 workers died.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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