Fire shows Bangladeshi safety inspection agencies not yet up to the task

Photo: Solidarity Center

A fire in a Bangladeshi garment factory in Dhaka this week, in which eight people were reportedly injured, confirms that national inspection bodies are not yet ready to take over the work of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

The witness signatories to the Accord – Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network, and Worker Rights Consortium – released a joint statement calling on the Bangladeshi government to publicly and unconditionally support the Accord’s life-saving work in Bangladesh until the job started since the Rana Plaza collapse is fully completed.

Click here for the joint statement by Accord Witness Signatories.
Dhaka fire shows that Bangladesh must build better safety systems (Business and Human Rights Resource Centre)
Bangladesh Government must intervene to secure garment factory safety (IndustriALL)
Deadly Dhaka blaze prompts calls for government action on building safety (Reuters)