Press releases

2017

  1. Celebrating World Day Against Child Labour 2017

    24 June 2017

    In conflict and disaster, protect children from child labour, the theme of this year’s event.

  2. Skills 21 to start implementation following programme document signing

    13 June 2017

    A signing ceremony to initiate implementation of the European Union (EU) funded ‘Skills 21 – Empowering citizens for inclusive and sustainable growth’ project took place at the Economic Relations Division (ERD), in Dhaka on 13 June 2017.

  3. Remediation Coordination Cell for Bangladesh garment industry launched

    14 May 2017

    The safety of the Bangladesh garment industry is set to take a further step forward following the launch of a Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC)

  4. Indigenous people need help to secure government jobs in Bangladesh

    19 March 2017

    A study has highlighted how job reservation policies could be adjusted to help more indigenous and tribal peoples (ITPs) secure government jobs in Bangladesh.

  5. Women in Asia: High contribution, little rewards

    01 March 2017

    Women's labour force participation has either fallen or remained stagnant across Asia says the ILO ahead of International Women’s Day. An ILO book reviews the role of women in Asia’s economic transformation and highlights the barriers they face in the region’s labour market.

  6. Upholding the rights of indigenous peoples in Asia: A key to address climate change

    01 March 2017

    Around two thirds of the world’s indigenous peoples live in Asia. An ILO study reviews the legal and policy frameworks which tackle the challenges they face and highlights the pivotal role they play in combating climate change and building resilient societies.

  7. Stopping the sparks flying boosts factory safety in Bangladesh

    06 February 2017

    Electrical faults are the leading cause of fires in the Bangladesh garment industry. ILO with the support of the US Department of Labor has helped build capacity of fire inspectors to spot electrical risks.

  8. Inspection checklist a new step in labour inspectorate reform

    02 February 2017

    A new inspection checklist developed by the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) with the support of ILO’s RMG programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom came into force on 1 January 2017. It marks another major step in the process of creating a modern, credible and transparent labour inspectorate for Bangladesh. ILO Programme Officer Hasina Begum explains just why the check list is so important.

2016

  1. Bangladesh Business and Disability Network to help boost disability inclusion

    19 December 2016

    A new business network will support the practical needs of employers who are employing people with disabilities or are willing to make their workplaces more disability inclusive.

  2. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder hails working conditions progress in Bangladesh

    13 December 2016

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has praised progress made by Bangladesh to improve working conditions and grow its economy while calling for the benefits of development to be shared fairly.

  3. ‘Skills 21’ set to drive Bangladesh skills sector development to next level

    13 December 2016

    A new skills development programme implemented by ILO and funded by the European Union (EU) will build on the achievements of earlier EU/ILO initiatives to modernise the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Bangladesh.

  4. Development partners signal intent to continue ready-made garment sector support in Bangladesh

    12 December 2016

    Representatives of the governments of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom as well as the ILO signed a Memorandum of Intent to continue efforts to improve conditions in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry.

  5. ILO and UNFPA to collaborate on gender issues

    30 November 2016

    ILO and UNFPA to combine efforts relating to workplace violence as well as sexual and reproductive health rights

  6. Better Work Update – May 2017

    22 November 2016

    Better Work Bangladesh (BWB) is dedicated to improving working conditions, quality and productivity in RMG factories and to contribute to the sustainability and image of the industry. To achieve this goal, we build strong partnerships with government, employer associations, workers and their representatives and global apparel buyers.

  7. OSH training for 800,000 RMG workers

    09 October 2016

    800,000 ready-made garment workers across Bangladesh are set to benefit from an occupational safety and health training programme launched today in Dhaka

  8. © ASIF HASSAN / AFP 2017

    Compensation arrangement agreed for victims of the Ali Enterprise factory fire in Pakistan

    10 September 2016

    An ILO enabled agreement has been reached on compensation for victims of the 2012 Ali Enterprises garment factory in Baldia, Karachi.

  9. 315 inspectors receive electrical safety training to help reduce fire risk in RMG sector

    03 September 2016

    A training programme will build the electrical safety skills of inspectors to reduce the risk of fires in the RMG sector

  10. Trade union engagement with Better Work discussed

    29 August 2016

    Union participation in Better Work programme encouraged

  11. Interview with a Better Work Bangladesh factory owner

    25 August 2016

    Chowdhury A-A Quaseed is the Director of Ananta Group, one of the leading RMG exporters in Bangladesh and working with Better Work Bangladesh (BWB). He spoke about Ananta’s involvement with BWB, Participation Committee in the factory and other issues.

  12. BETTER WORK UPDATE – July 2016

    25 August 2016

    Better Work Bangladesh (BWB) is dedicated to improving working conditions, quality and productivity in RMG factories and to contribute to the sustainability and image of the industry. To achieve this goal, we build strong partnerships with government, employer associations, workers and their representatives and global apparel buyers.