A July 3 boiler explosion at the Multifabs Ltd. garment factory in Bangladesh has reinforced the need to expand the scope of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety to include boiler safety inspections. The deadly explosion killed at least 13 workers and injured dozens more.
On July 28, 2017, 14 international clothing brands and the Fair Labor Association (FLA) released a joint letter to the Mexican government declaring their support for a Constitutional Reform to Mexico’s labour justice system that could better protect workers’ right to freedom of association and to bargain collectively.
A just-released report reveals that while 17 leading international apparel and footwear brands are or will meet minimum standards for supply chain transparency by the end of 2017, other major brands and retailers still have a lot of catching up to do.
On February 23, Bangladeshi unions affiliated with IndustriALL Bangladesh Council reached an agreement with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Ministry of Labour for the release on bail of the remaining union leaders still imprisoned for their alleged association with a wage strike in December 2016.