New initiative to beef upgarment factory safety
The International Labour Organisation and the government will launch a new programme to improve working conditions in the country's readymade garment sector in Bangladesh, the ILO said yesterday.
The three-and-a-half year initiative will focus on improving factory building safety and workers' rights and conditions, according to a media advisory of the ILO in Geneva.
The programme will focus on work already underway since the Tazreen factory fire in 2012 and Rana Plaza building collapse almost six months ago, where more than 1,100 workers died.
Gilbert Houngbo, ILO deputy director-general for field operations, will be attending the launch, alongside the Bangladesh ministers of finance, foreign affairs, commerce and labour and employment, the ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh, the head of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) office in Dhaka and representatives of employers' and workers' organisations.
The signing and launching of the project on 'Improving Working Conditions in the RMG Sector' will take place at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel today.