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ILO mission to Bangladesh results in action plan for reforming garment industry

Following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building, an ILO mission went to Bangladesh from 1 to 4 May. Concluding the mission, tripartite partners agreed to reform the labour law and to assess the structural building and fire safety of garment factories in Bangladesh.

News | 06 May 2013
An ILO high-level mission, following the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building and led by ILO Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Field Operations Gilbert Houngbo, was sent to Bangladesh from 1 - 4 May. Concluding the mission, the tripartite partners agreed, amongst other things, to reform the labour law and to assess the structural building and fire safety of export-oriented garment factories in Bangladesh, and initiate remedial actions, including relocation of unsafe factories.

At the start of the mission, the ILO DDG had met with the Prime Minister and the Labour Minister of Bangladesh, urging the Bangladeshi government and its employers and trade unions to make use of ILO’s support and ensure that this tragedy is the last of its kind.

The European Commission (EC) and the European Parliament (EP) have been calling upon the Bangladeshi Government to ensure compliance with international labour standards.EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht issued a statement considering action through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for trade and calling upon the authorities to ensure that factories comply with international labour standards.

In January 2013, the European Parliament (EP) already adopted a resolution on textile factory fires notably in Bangladesh, calling on governments to effectively implement ILO Core Labour Standards and highlighting ILO health and safety at work Conventions No. 187 and No. 155.


Gilbert Houngbo, ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Mikail Shipar, Secretary of Labour and Employment, Bangladesh, 1 May 2013