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Bangladesh must keep Accord on Fire and Building Safety

19 November, 2018IndustriALL Global Union strongly urges the government of Bangladesh to petition the High Court to lift a restraining order that seeks to expel the Accord from the country on 30 November. 

Implementing global agreements with brands in the garment sector

3 October, 2018Around 130 union leaders from Turkey and Bangladesh met in Istanbul, Turkey, to exchange experiences and knowledge on union organizing, collective bargaining agreements and social dialogue within the context of the implementation of global framework agreements (GFAs).

Bangladeshi unions call for new minimum wage to be doubled

2 October, 2018The IndustriALL Bangladesh Council has called for an immediate review of the new minimum wage, saying it fails to meet workers’ expectations. They demand that the new rate be doubled.

Signatories to the 2018 Accord

10 September, 2018A list of brands and retailers that have signed the 2018 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

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 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.

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).

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.

Bangladesh garment workers call for increased minimum wage

5 March, 2018The current minimum wage for garment workers in Bangladesh is US$68 and was set in 2013; now the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council is demanding an increase to US$192.

100 days until current Accord ends – labour signatories urge brands to sign onto 2018 Accord

22 February, 2018With 100 days until the current Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety expires, garment companies are urged to continue their involvement to create a safe and sustainable garment industry in Bangladesh and to sign its successor, the 2018 Transition Accord.