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Rana Plaza: from tragedy to an International Accord to make garment factories safe

21 April, 2022Ahead of the ninth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse on 24 April 2013, general secretary Atle Høie talks about how unions have been able to turn tragedy into a historic agreement to make garment factories safe.

Shipbreaker physically assaulted

17 March, 2022A worker at Kabir Steel shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh has been physically assaulted after protesting against being unfairly fired.

Bangladesh’s government must implement roadmap for workers’ rights

1 March, 2022IndustriALL is calling on the government of Bangladesh to make sincere efforts to implement the roadmap requested by the ILO to improve workers’ rights in the country, ahead of the governing body’s meeting in March.

Three killed in Bangladesh factory fire

1 March, 2022At least three people, including a 15-year old girl, were killed and several others injured, when an illegal shoe factory caught fire on 23 February.

Worker killed at Kabir Steel shipbreaking yard

11 February, 2022On 31 January, a worker was killed in an accident at Kabir Steel shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda municipality, Chittagong, Bangladesh, while working at night – despite a court order prohibiting the practice.

SPECIAL REPORT: What will it take for the Hong Kong Convention to come into force?

18 January, 2022Shipbreaking has been called the most dangerous job in the world. In countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan, workers face dangerous and precarious working conditions, with very little training, safety equipment and access to medical services. For this, they receive poverty wages. 

IndustriALL Global Union is looking for a regional research, communications and campaigns officer in its South Asia Office

16 November, 2021IndustriALL is looking for a full-time regional research, communications and campaigns officer based in New Delhi, India, one of the five regional offices. The regional office in Delhi covers India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The position will require some travel in the countries covered by the office.

Unions in South Asia to intensify campaign for ratification C190

7 October, 2021Around 80 trade union leaders from South Asia attended a webinar to discuss gender based violence and harassment and to plan for a joint campaign.

Police in Bangladesh obstruct union activities

30 September, 2021In a serious violation of workers’ rights, Bangladeshi police first banned a number of union meetings and then physically stopped participants from joining a meeting where a regional committee of the IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC) was to be formed.

Bangladesh’s dangerous shipbreaking yards claim two more lives

23 September, 2021In just a week, two more workers have been killed and three have been injured due to the deplorable lack of safety in Chittagong’s shipbreaking yards. IndustriALL affiliates BMF and BMCGTWF have repeatedly brought up the issue of health and safety with both Bangladesh’s government and the ship owners, but to no avail.