The two foreign inspection agencies have prescribed closure of another six garment factories, to go with the 16 already shut down, for structural flaws.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a platform of 150 retailers mainly European, advised the closing of Sadaf Fashions, Daelim Textile, Angela Fashions and Ali Apparels.
The platform of 27 North American retailers, the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, called for the shutdown of Jans Fabrics and Mam Garment.
Syed Ahmed, convener of the government-formed review panel, said the body would visit the factories this week for further inspection. If the panel deems the factories to be too unsafe, they would be shuttered.
Jans Fabrics has already shifted the workers to a nearby safe factory.
So far, 16 factories have been shut down and 11,500 workers were made redundant, said Ahmed, also the inspector general of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments.
But Shahidullah Azim, vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, disputed the figures, saying a total of 19 factories—12 in Dhaka and seven in Chittagong—were closed down due to structural flaws and nearly 18,000 workers lost their jobs.
Mesbah Rabin, managing director of Alliance, said the association paid compensation to the workers of the shuttered factories as per the rules of the agency.