Photo: Canadian union delegation to Bangladesh (2016)
On October 26, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh announced that it will continue its work to improve worker safety in garment export factories “until a set of rigorous readiness conditions are met by local regulatory bodies.”
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 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.
The Clean Clothes Campaign and International Labor Rights Forum announced today that because of continuing anti-union repression in Bangladesh, five major apparel brands – H&M, Inditex (Zara), C&A, NEXT and Tchibo – and the UK’s Ethical Trading Initiative have pulled out of the February 25 Dhaka Apparel Summit, which will be hosted by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Twenty-two human and labour rights organizations from around the world are calling on international apparel brands to press for the release of unjustly imprisoned Bangladeshi union leaders and worker rights advocates and the reinstatement of 1,500 workers suspended or terminated for taking part in a wage strike.