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Bangladesh Government must intervene to secure garment factory safety

5 March, 2019The Bangladesh Government continues to insist that the Accord on Fire and Building Safety leaves Bangladesh by a fixed date, regardless of whether there is a competent safety authority to replace it.

Bangladesh Government set to throw away Accord achievements

13 February, 2019The Bangladesh Government is set to throw away the achievements of the Bangladesh Accord, which was a response to the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013 that claimed more than 1000 lives.Rather than negotiate a responsible handover of Accord functions, the Government of Bangladesh is intransigent in insisting that the Accord leaves Bangladesh by a fixed date, regardless of whether there is a competent safety authority to replace it.

Over 11,600 Bangladesh garment workers lose jobs and face repression

11 February, 2019A massive wave of protesting garment workers demanding an increase of minimum wages swept across Bangladesh’s garment industry in December 2018 and January 2019. State repression following the protest has resulted in arrests and mass terminations of workers in more than a hundred garment manufacturing units.

It’s no surprise that the Spice Girls T-shirt was made by workers on poverty wages

21 January, 2019The bitter irony of a T-shirt promoting gender justice being made by women on poverty wages reflects an ongoing disconnect between campaigners in the West, and the realities of global supply chains.

Garment worker killed and 50 injured in Bangladesh clashes

10 January, 2019A garment worker has been killed and another 50 injured after Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at around 5,000 protesting workers on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday 8 January.

Bangladesh government attempts to paralyze Accord and strip its independence

10 December, 2018The Bangladesh government is using proceedings before the Supreme Court of Bangladesh to prevent the Accord from operating, thereby putting workers’ safety at risk.

Trade unions across the globe show support for Bangladesh Accord

5 December, 2018More than 200 trade union leaders from all corners of the world showed unanimous support for the Bangladesh Accord at IndustriALL Global Union’s Executive Committee meeting in Mexico on 29 and 30 November. 

Bangladesh and India must accelerate ratification of Hong Kong Convention

21 November, 2018An IndustriALL delegation has met with ministries in Bangladesh and India to accelerate the process of ratification of the Hong Kong Convention (HKC) for safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships.

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. 

Shipbreaking - graveyard for ships or workers?

13 November, 2018Two workers have died and seven have been injured in a series of accidents at the Sitakund shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh. 19 people have been killed in Bangladeshi shipbreaking yards this year, the highest number in eight years.