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German brand KIK sourcing from Pakistan factory

19 September, 2012The high price of cheap jeans was uncovered in Pakistan on 17 September, with confirmation that the low-cost German brand KIK sourced garments from Ali Enterprises, which burnt down killing almost 300 people.

Families of Bangladesh fire victims get compensation

24 February, 2013On 24 February 2013 Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina handed out compensation to the families of fire victims at Smart Fashion factory of 26 January 2013. The agreement was negotiated by the IndustriALL Regional Office, IndustriALL Bangladesh Council of trade unions (IBC) and brands Inditex and New Look.

Bangladeshi garment workers crushed to death

24 April, 2013In what is likely to be the worst ever industrial accident in Bangladesh more than 100 garment workers have died and hundreds more are injured. The tragedy occurred at 9am, 24 April, at the eight-story Rana Plaza building in Savar, 30 kilometres outside Dhaka.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon backs Bangladesh Safety Deal

20 June, 2013United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has pledged his full support for the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord which already has more than 50 global retail brands signed up.

Big Six in Denmark sign Bangladesh Safety Deal

25 June, 2013Denmark’s top six retail brands agree to sign up to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord which now is now backed by more than 60 global brands.

New EU Compact urges companies to immediately sign Bangladesh Accord

8 July, 2013A new initiative between the Government of Bangladesh, the European Union and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) today gives full backing to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

12,000 Turkish textile workers win

29 August, 2013IndustriALL Global Union is celebrating the victory of its Turkish affiliate Teksif. The union led 12,000 workers on a nine-day strike from 15 August. The successful strike has achieved the workers’ demands.

Strike at Thai Rayon in Thailand

10 October, 2013For the first time in 39 years history of Thai Rayon textile factory in Ang Thong, Thailand, the workers voted and walked off the jobs following the deadlocked CBA negotiation between the trade union and local management.

European action plan on the Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Building Safety

18 February, 2015On 12 February, more than 40 trade union representatives from the European garment and retail companies that have signed the Accord gathered in Brussels to discuss how they can provide concrete support and further protection for their colleagues in Bangladesh.

Apparel brands urge Mexico to comply with ILO recommendations

1 October, 2015On 22 September, eight major apparel brands released a joint letter urging Mexico’s government to comply with an ILO request for reforms to the country’s Federal Labour Law to ensure greater respect for the right of workers to freedom of association and collective bargaining.