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Cops use water cannon to disperse workers in Badda

Cops use water cannon to disperse workers in Badda

Police today used water cannon to disperse workers who blocked a road in Badda of the capital for half an hour demanding arrears. Workers of Toba Group, a sister concern of Tazreen Fashion Limited, blocked Kuril Bishwa road around 10:00am, said Abdul Jalil, officer-in-charge of Badda Police Station. The blockade creates heavy traffic congestion on...

Return of GSP seems far off

Bangladesh has made some important progress, but must do more to address the worker rights and worker safety issues that led American President Barack Obama to suspend trade benefits, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) said yesterday after an interagency review. At the time of the suspension, the US provided the Bangladesh government with an action plan that provides a basis for Obama to consider the reinstatement of Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scrapped in June last year. “The...

EU for implementing RMG labour reforms

EU for implementing RMG labour reforms

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade, has stressed the need for implementing regulation on labour reforms in the garments sector of Bangladesh. At an informal OECD Ministerial Meeting on Rana Plaza Aftermath in Paris, he also said Bangladesh's labour law still needs to address restrictions on trade union formation and membership, no later...

Free RMG unions from suppression

Free RMG unions from suppression

US Senator Robert Menendez has urged the government and the BGMEA to take steps to end the suppression of fledgling unions of RMG workers to help keep 'Made in Bangladesh' brand shine globally. "If the BGMEA and Bangladesh government do not take immediate and concerted steps to end the suppression of fledgling unions, it...

German MPs due tomorrow to assess workplace safety

German MPs due tomorrow to assess workplace safety

A seven-member delegation of the German Parliamentary Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow for a five-day visit to review the workers’ safety and rights situation in RMG sector in Bangladesh. The visit is taking place marking the one year of the collapse of Rana Plaza building in Savar, said...

The torments at our garments

The torments at our garments

The readymade garments industry of the country is massive; it contributes billions of dollars in foreign exchange to the country's reserves, employment for hundreds of thousands of people – particularly women, and has kept the country's economy afloat even at times of global economic turmoil. Yet, behind the clothes that end up on...

One Year on Rana Plaza Tragedy

Promises not kept, mostly

Promises not kept, mostly

Families of the injured and dead in the Rana Plaza building collapse are leading a life of uncertainty as the government, garment factory owners and international brands have failed to honour their commitments. A wide gap exists between the commitments made when the building caved in at Savar and the delivery of those promises...

News Analysis

Tragedy, forever

Tragedy, forever

It will remain with us for ages to come and fester like some mysterious disease to remind us of our shameful lust, greed, nonchalance and brutality with which we treated our key export earners. Those of us who covered the tragedy of Rana Plaza a year ago will never forget the screams of the...

Probe at final stage

Probe at final stage

One year has passed since the Rana Plaza collapsed killing 1,135 people but the Anti-Corruption Commission has not yet completed its investigation into corruption allegations against the building owner, Sohel Rana.   The ACC investigation is at the final stage and a report will be submitted soon, ACC Secretary Faizur Rahman Chowdhury told journalist at a press briefing at the office of the anti-graft body in the capital's Segunbagicha yesterday. Prompted by newspaper reports, ACC formed a committee on April 28 last year, four days after the tragedy, to investigate how Rana had amassed his wealth.   The committee, comprised of ACC Deputy Director Mohammad Mofidul Islam and Assistant Director Mohammad Mahbubul...

100 RMG workers fell sick after snacks

More than 100 workers of a ready-made garment factory in Gazipur fall sick after having snacks served by the factory authorities this evening. Most of the workers were admitted to different clinics and hospitals including, reports our Gazipur correspondent. More than 100 workers of GMS Composit Knitting Ltd started vomiting immediately after taking the snacks supplied by the factory management around 8:30pm, said Rezwan Khan, manager (administration) told The Daily Star. Around 1,000 workers, who were working in the nightshift, have had...

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