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Why transparency is key to transforming the fashion industry

24 April, 2019Six years after Rana Plaza, the deadliest disaster in the garment industry, independent and transparent fire and building inspections by the Bangladesh Accord have transformed the safety of thousands of garment factories in the country, writes Jenny Holdcroft, assistant general secretary, IndustriALL Global Union.

Bangladesh unions call for Accord to continue on 6th anniversary of Rana Plaza

24 April, 2019The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council called for the continuation of the Accord in Bangladesh in a demonstration today to mark the sixth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Bangladesh: union strength and brand pressure

12 February, 2015Being a union leader in Bangladesh is often challenging. For representatives of IndustriALL affiliate BIGUF at the Global Garments factory in Dhaka, it has also meant persecution and for some even violent attacks. 

Progress update on the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

23 April, 2015Listen to Rob Wayss, executive director, and Brad Loewen, chief safety inspector, talk about how handling safety in garment factories in Bangladesh has changed since the Accord came into force.

Blame for Rana Plaza runs far and wide

2 June, 2015Culpability for the Rana Plaza disaster, which killed more than 1,100 people and injured 2,500, is widespread, says IndustriALL Global Union as the owner of the factory complex and 41 other people have been charged with murder over the building’s collapse in Bangladesh two years ago. 

Bangladesh: union signs collective agreement with Donglian Fashion in major turnaround

23 January, 2017**UPDATED**The Donglian Fashion Sommilito Sramik Union has signed a collective agreement with the company, setting an important precedent.

Bangladesh crackdown calls preferential EU trade deal into question

2 February, 2017The latest crackdown on Bangladesh’s garment workers for demanding relief from poverty wages and hazardous working conditions must call into question the country’s continuing eligibility for trade preferences under the EU’s GSP regime, write Valter Sanches IndustriALL General Secretary, Philip Jennings UNI Global Union General Secretary and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

Bangladeshi union signs collective agreement with Natural Denims Ltd.

15 February, 2017The Natural Denims Ltd. Sommilito Sramik Union has signed a two year collective agreement with the company for the first time.

Union action prevents potential repetition of Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh

18 April, 2017On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed more than a 1,000 garment workers, swift action by an IndustriALL trade union affiliate in the country has prevented a potential tragedy from taking place. 

Time for brands to pay compensation to Bangladesh victims

25 July, 2013IndustriALL Global Union is organising meetings in Dhaka on 11 and 12 August to ensure the correct compensation payments are made to victims and survivors of the Tazreen factory fire and the Rana Plaza building collapse.