Press releases

2017

  1. Tourism and hospitality sector offers excellent work prospects for people with neurodevelopmental disabilities

    31 October 2017

    According to a recent disability survey approximately 255,000 people in Bangladesh have neurodevelopmental disabilities.

  2. Towards greater transparency in union registration and labour practice

    21 September 2017

    Trade unions gain awareness of standard operating procedures for unfair labour practices and trade union registrations.

  3. Better Work supports maternity rights and breastfeeding in Bangladesh RMG sector

    22 August 2017

    Better Work and UNICEF team up to protect the wellbeing of women workers in Bangladesh.

  4. ILO and UNICEF to collaborate on child protection in Bangladesh

    16 August 2017

    UN Agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce their joint efforts to combat child labour and strengthen child protection services.

  5. Better Work Update – June-July 2017

    03 August 2017

    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.

  6. Workers pick up safety quiz prizes

    25 July 2017

    A prize giving ceremony has marked the end of ‘Safe Workplaces, Go ahead Bangladesh’ radio campaign. The campaign raised awareness of basic occupational safety and health (OSH) issues and their prevention in the Bangladesh RMG sector.

  7. Netherlands signs up for 2nd phase of RMG programme

    29 June 2017

    Joins with UK government to continue efforts to improve working conditions in the garment sector

  8. 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.

  9. Training prepares women organisers for trade union leadership roles

    15 June 2017

  10. 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.

  11. Workers Resource Centre to support trade unions

    29 May 2017

    The establishment of a Workers Resource Centre (WRC) to support the operation and capacity of trade unions takes a step closer.

  12. 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)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.