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Six months on from theRana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organization is helping survivors develop new skills and find work. ILO

 

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DATELINE: RECENT/FILE

RECENT- SAVAR, BANGLADESH

1. Various shots, tailor shop
2. Various shots, Minu Aktar, Rana Plaza survivor at sewing machine in tailor shop where she is training to become a tailor

RECENT - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, ILO:
“The program that we are launching will essentially have four, five major components: the huge major part of it is the beginning of the inspection of the factories. We are starting the inspections of those factories, together with the colleagues from the Alliance (initiative) will be covering more or less 500 or 600 factories, the Accord - which is signed by IndustriALL, UNI Global and as I said some 100 brands - will be covering somewhere in the vicinity of 1600 factories. So the ILO will be covering the remaining out of the total 3500.”

RECENT - SAVAR, BANGLADESH

4. Various shots, Minu Aktar at sewing machine
5. SOUNDBITE (Bangla) Minu Aktar, Former garment worker and survivor of Rana Plaza building collapse:
“I got a job at Rana Plaza and worked there for about four and a half years. Suddenly one day Rana Plaza collapsed. After being trapped inside the collapsed building for three days the rescue workers found me. They took me to the hospital where I had to stay for fifteen days.”
6. Pan rights, from garments on shelf to Minu and colleague at sewing machine
7. SOUNDBITE (Bangla) Minu Aktar, Former garment worker and survivor of Rana Plaza building collapse:
“Now I am getting tailoring training here. I am learning to make blouses, petticoats and all other kinds of female clothing. Now, after this skill training, even if I go back to my village I will be able to keep on doing this work and earn money for my family. I am very glad to receive this training.”

FILE - APRIL 2013, RANA PLAZA, BANGLADESH

8. Various shots, ruins of Rana Plaza building after it collapsed


STORYLINE:

Six months on from theRana Plaza building collapse, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is helping survivors develop new skills and find work.

The government of Bangladesh and the ILO launched a major initiative, including a new Better Work program aimed at improving working conditions in the ready-made garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh.

The three-and-a-half year initiative, ‘Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector’ focuses on minimizing the threat of fire and building collapse in ready-made garment factories and on ensuring the rights and safety of workers.

The program 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.

ILO’s Deputy Director-General for Field Operations Gilbert Houngbo said that the program that a major part of the program will be the beginning of the inspection of the factories.

Minu had been working in Phantom Apparels on the fourth floor of Rana Plaza for four and a half years. She still suffers from physical injuries sustained during the collapse, as well as ongoing trauma, from being trapped under the building.

Minus aid that after being trapped inside the collapsed building for three days the rescue workers found her and took her to a hospital where she had to stay for fifteen days.

Six months on, however, Minu is starting to overcome her grief with the support of her family and through the ILO’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform project in partnership with BRAC, an NGO.

The programme, funded by the European Union, is equipping survivors with employable skills to get jobs in local workplaces. As a result, Minu is now working in a tailor’s shop in Savar, mentored by an ILO /BRAC supervisor and master craftsperson.

Minu said that after the skill training, even if she went back to her village she would be able to continue working as a seamstress while earn money for her family.

The program 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.

Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building, collapsed in Savar, in the Greater Dhaka Area of Bangladesh. The search for the dead following the collapse ended on 13 May with a death toll of 1,129.

Over 2,500 injured people were rescued from the building alive.
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