Three nations join efforts to improve factory safety
The UK, Canada and the Netherlands have signed an agreement with the International Labour Organisation to help improve working conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories.
The ILO, through a programme costing $23 million, will tackle fire and building safety issues in Bangladesh, and support and strengthen local trade unions, labour inspection and employers' organisations.
The deal was signed during the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. The ILO will also run training programmes to rehabilitate the victims of the recent industrial accidents, according to a statement.
Earlier this year, the Netherlands made nine million euros available to improve labour conditions in Bangladesh. A major portion of this fund is going to the ILO programme.
Before signing the ILO agreement, Lilianne Ploumen, the Netherlands' foreign trade and development cooperation minister, spoke with Dipu Moni, Bangladesh's foreign minister.