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Beyond Bangladesh, OECD countries must act to save lives in the garment industry

27 August, 2018On 24 April 2013, the world woke up to the reality of garment factory conditions in Bangladesh when more than a thousand workers were killed and over two thousand injured after the Rana Plaza garment factory complex, supplying western brands, collapsed. 

Bangladesh: unions demand better wages for garment workers

14 August, 2018IndustriALL Bangladesh Council held a human chain protest on 11 August 2018 calling for an increase of the monthly minimum wages of readymade garment workers from current 5,300 BDT (US$62) to 16,000 BDT (US$188).

IndustriALL and Esprit commit to working together to improve workers’ rights

6 August, 2018IndustriALL Global Union has signed a global framework agreement with multinational fashion brand, Esprit, committing to respect, protect and champion the human rights of workers in its supply chain.

Bangladesh Accord arbitration cases - resulting in millions-of-dollars in settlements - officially closed

18 July, 2018The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has announced that two landmark cases against multinational fashion brands brought under the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety have been officially closed.  The tribunal hearing the case issued termination orders this week, and the cases were brought by global unions IndustriALL and UNI.

Haitian government denounced at the ILO

1 June, 2018The Haitian government was denounced in the ILO’s Committee on the Application of Standards this week for its failure to to uphold international standards and national laws on working time and freedom of associaton.

Pakistan: victims of Ali enterprises factory fire begin to receive compensation

22 May, 2018In September 2012, over 250 workers were killed and 50 more suffered serious injuries in a fire at the Ali Enterprises garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan. Now, after almost six years, victims have started receiving compensation payments based on an agreement reached between German brand KiK and IndustriALL Global Union and Clean Clothes Campaign, mediated by the ILO.

Bangladesh Accord will continue until government is ready to take over its functions

14 May, 2018As the 2013 Accord prepares for its expiry this month and its replacement by the 2018 Transition Accord, the occasion was marked by a joint press conference between the Accord and the Bangladesh association of factory owners (BGMEA).

Ethiopian textile unions campaign to end poverty wages

10 May, 2018Wages as low as 600 Ethiopian Birr per month (US$20) continue to haunt workers in Ethiopia’s textile and garment sector. Salaries are not enough for workers, over 90 per cent women, to pay for transport, food and housing, or to support a family. These workers are part of Ethiopia's working poor, while making clothes for brands from Europe, the US and Asia including H&M, Tchibo, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

Five years after Rana Plaza, the need for the Bangladesh Accord persists

23 April, 2018A few days before the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,134 workers, global trade unions and labour rights organizations are calling on all brands sourcing from Bangladesh to take responsibility for workers making their products by signing the renewed Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

Changing behaviours - organizing in Myanmar

16 April, 2018Yes, a Korean-owned garment factory in Yangon, Myanmar, is in some ways a rarity among the many other factories found in the township Hlaing Thar Yar. Workers here have formed a trade union and have negotiated a collective agreement with management.