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Done well, but can be better

SINCE 2010, when the last household survey to assess poverty was done, Bangladesh maintained progress towards reducing poverty by sustaining growth at 6% or more and by holding inflation at moderate single digits. In all likelihood, Bangladesh in 2013 surpassed the MDG target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, two years ahead of schedule. Although progress on poverty reduction may have slowed somewhat in FY14 due to a slower pace of economic expansion, significant poverty reduction continued. Below, we...

Tazreen chairperson sent to jail

Tazreen chairperson sent to jail

A Dhaka court today sent Mahmuda Akter, chairperson of Tazreen Fashions Ltd, to jail rejecting her bail petition in a homicide case. Senior Judicial Magistrate Kazi Shahidul Islam passed the order when Mahmuda sought the bail through her lawyer after surrendering before the court.   On March 20, the District and Sessions Judge's Court cancelled Mahmuda's bail and asked her to surrender in 15 days before the Senior Judicial Magistrate Court that granted her bail. Earlier today, in line with the court directives, Mahmuda surrendered before the court.   The case was filed over a deadly fire incident at the factory on November 24, 2012, that killed at least 112 readymade garment workers...

Find killers of labour activist: HRW

Find killers of labour activist: HRW

Human Rights Watch has asked the Bangladesh government to publicly explain efforts made to investigate the abduction, torture, and killing of the labour rights activist Aminul Islam two years ago, "including alleged links to state officials". While police have filed charges against a missing suspect, there have been no apparent efforts to investigate allegations...

Editorial

Get a move on safety

GOING by remarks made by members of the European Union (EU) delegation, Bangladesh has made some improvements towards ensuring the right to form unions in the garments industry, but much remains to be done. Principally, workplace safety remains high on the radar for European buyers and given the loss of more than 1,100 lives at Rana Plaza, it ought to be a prime area of concern for us also. Some action to that effect has been taking place at...

Size, survival and sustainability

A four-member delegation of the European Union Parliament is due in the city today to talk about politics and working conditions. While inspections of factories are going on, many factories are reporting empty sewing lines with no work. There are more factors at play here. With April 24 less than a month away, Rana Plaza anniversary will once again attract attention and many media columns will be dedicated to what could-have-been factors. That it took almost a year to...

Inspections highlight safety risks at RMG factories

Inspections highlight safety risks at RMG factories

Initial inspections of Bangladesh garment factories organised after the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex have found safety problems including overloaded ceilings, exposed cables and locked fire escapes, an industry-backed group said on Monday. Working conditions in the $22 billion industry have been under scrutiny since April, 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza in which...

RMG workers clash with cops in Mirpur

RMG workers clash with cops in Mirpur

Traffic movement on Mirpur Road of the capital remained suspended for nearly one hour following a clash between the apparel workers and law enforcers today over payment of dues. No injury was reported from the clash. The agitating workers also vandalised four to five vehicles on the busy road during the clash. The vehicular movement on...

Bangladesh making progress to regain GSP

Bangladesh making progress to regain GSP

Bangladesh will fulfil three conditions of the US action plan in priority basis by March 30 in an effort to regain the GSP status to the US market, said Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed today. He added that the prioritised three conditions include recruitment of the 200 factory inspectors, upgrading the labour laws for the...

Improving garment worker safety

THE situation in Bangladesh is complex and challenging.  The 700 factories that make products for the Alliance member companies are only a small fraction of the roughly 5,000 factories in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry.  Rapid industry growth and urbanization have led to factories sprouting up in apartments and other places that are ill-suited to large-scale garment production and make unauthorized sub-contracting even more dangerous than usual.  There are too few government inspectors, labor laws have been too weak for...

Canadian firms lag in joining Bangladesh safety accord

Canadian firms lag in joining Bangladesh safety accord

While companies throughout the US and Europe continue to join an accord that legally obliges them to improve working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, most Canadian retailers are rejecting the initiative, a top Canadian newspaper reports. Just one Canadian company, Loblaw, has signed on to theAccord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, compared...

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