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At peace, finally

Rana Plaza Survivor

At peace, finally

She finally lost her protracted battle against death. After suffering acutely for over 18 months, she died yesterday from crippling injuries caused by the collapse of Rana Plaza. Zaheda Begum, 25, was a sewing machine helper at New Wave Bottoms Ltd., a garment factory housed on the third floor of Rana Plaza. Although she was rescued from under the rubble four days later, the injuries she received to her head and backbone proved to be debilitating. She has remained bed-ridden ever since. Her death was precipitated by a lack of...

How better data can make garment factories safer?

WHEN nearly 1,200 workers died in a tragic factory collapse outside Dhaka last year, dozens of global brands and retailers faced intense public pressure to improve safety in their supplier factories. More than 200 of these global companies have agreed to join one of two collective initiatives to improve factory safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Having just marked their one year anniversaries, both initiatives face significant challenges in...

Lifestyle Fashions Maker Ltd

30 hurt as management staff beat up workers

Officials of a garment factory allegedly beat up its workers following a feud over the formation of a trade union, leaving at least 30 people injured, at Madhya Badda in the capital yesterday. Workers of Lifestyle Fashions Maker Ltd alleged that some 20 to 25 officials led by production manager Ratan clobbered them with iron rods and bamboo sticks around 11:30am. They added that they had named some of their colleagues for different posts in a trade union three months earlier,...

Delay in paying salaries

RMG workers strike in Ashulia

About a thousand workers of a garment factory in Beron of Ashulia observed work abstention yesterday demanding the factory authorities pay their salary of July and stop sacking workers, reports our Savar correspondent. Meanwhile, workers of garment factory Multifab Limited in Gazipur vandalised the factory and also observed work abstention demanding the authorities search for a worker who has been missing since Saturday. In Ashulia, workers of Yagi Bangladesh Garment Ltd claimed they used to be paid the salary of a...

Only one factory shuts after inspection by Alliance

Only one garment factory was shut out of 600 units inspected by Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of 26 US-based retailers and brands. Alliance was tasked with inspecting 605 factories and the process will be complete this week, said Rabin Mesbah, managing director of Alliance's Bangladesh operations. However, the platform, which started inspection in the first week of March, recommended closure of seven factories, but a review panel allowed five units to continue production, while a decision on one...

Fire at Tongi RMG factory

Fire at Tongi RMG factory

A fire broke out at a sweater factory in Tongi of Gazipur this afternoon. The fire originated at FS Sweater Ltd housed on the fourth floor of a six-story building around 4:30pm, said SA Khaled, an assistant superintendent of Industrial Police in Gazipur. He added that the fire immediately spread to the other floors.  Six units...

Tazreen chairperson gets bail

Tazreen chairperson gets bail

A Dhaka court today granted bail to Mahmuda Akter, chairperson of Tazreen Fashions Limited, in a homicide case after her lawyers pleaded that she is just the 'titular' chairman of the garment factory that saw a deadly fire in November, 2012. Though Mahmuda's name appears in the documents, she is not involved in its...

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