Press releases

2014

  1. RMG trade union members learn safety and organisational skills

    24 September 2014

    Trade union members will be better placed to enhance conditions in the Ready Made Garment (RMG) sector following a week-long programme of training activities designed to increase their organizational capacity and involvement in occupational safety committees.

  2. Authorities urged to prepare for enhanced building and fire safety role

    17 September 2014

    Bangladesh needs to ready its institutional, regulatory and oversight mechanisms relating to building and fire safety to ensure a safe working environment in the ready-made garment sector once the current support from external partners ends a workshop heard today.

  3. ILO Provides 95 Motorcycles for Labour Inspectors

    07 September 2014

    DHAKA – A total of 95 motorcycles which will boost the capacity of government officials to carry out inspections at garment factories were handed over in a ceremony held in Dhaka today.

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    Progress booked after one year of ILO-EU-Bangladesh Compact on safety in garment factories

    09 July 2014

    A year ago, the ILO, the EU, Bangladesh and the United States signed a Compact to improve labour rights in the garment industry of Bangladesh.

  5. A journey toward safe workplace - Srinivas Reddy, Country Director of the ILO, talks about the progress in ensuring factory safety

    07 July 2014

  6. 125 Labour Inspectors Received Training by the ITC-ILO

    26 June 2014

    Labour Inspectors from the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments attended a three week long training programme by the ILO aimed at strengthening capacity of the labour inspection system of Bangladesh

  7. Future Directions Set for Modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh

    26 June 2014

    Participants of a two day workshop on Labour Inspection Management in Bangladesh made a number of recommendations aimed at setting the direction for the modernization of the Labour Inspection System in Bangladesh. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Improving Working Conditions in the RMG Programme (RMGP) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  8. Trade union leaders in the Asia Pacific region to consider strategies to halt weaking of union rights

    24 June 2014

    Around 40 trade union leaders from 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region are attending a seminar organized by the ILO Bureau for Workers‘ Activities (ACTRAV) on strengthening union activities. The seminar is taking place at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 24 - 26 June.

  9. Seminar on "Industry-TVET Institute Relationship" Marked the Successful Completion of “TVET Week 2014”

    24 June 2014

    Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 2014 observed from 18-24 June 2014, throughout the Bangladesh to raise awareness on skills training and expansion of the TVET.

  10. Center of Excellence Project Aims to Create Skilled Workforce for RMG Sector in Bangladesh

    10 June 2014

    The Government of Bangladesh and the International Labour Organization have signed a new project to establish a Center of Excellence (COE) for Ready Made Garment Sector aimed at creating a skilled labour force for the export oriented industry.

  11. Occupational Safety and Health Awareness Plans to Prevent Accidents in the RMG Factories

    26 May 2014

    Speakers at a day long planning workshop on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) stressed on the need for building OSH awareness in the Ready-Made Garment (RMG) factories to reduce risk of accidents and to prevent accidents at work places.

  12. CAD $19.5 million ILO project launched to enhance capacity of workforce in key industries in Bangladesh

    15 May 2014

    ‘Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity (B-SEP) Project’ is a five year long initiative of the Government of Bangladesh funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the ILO.

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    ILO: Rana Plaza is an opportunity to change how global supply chains operate

    24 April 2014

    ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships Gilbert Houngbo says that the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh which killed over 1,100 garment workers in April 2013 can be a catalyst for change.

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    One year after Rana Plaza: Progress and the Way Forward

    24 April 2014

    Employer and union representatives join the ILO, donors and Government of Bangladesh representatives at a high-level event in Dhaka to mark the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy.

  15. Employers’ Seminar on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining emphasizes training on rights and responsibilities.

    24 April 2014

    Dhaka – Employers’ organizations expressed their full respect for freedom of association and collective bargaining at a high-level meeting here, organized by the BGMEA, BKMEA and BEF, with senior representatives of the Government of Bangladesh and the ILO.

  16. The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee pays out BDT 50,000 to each victim of Rana Plaza collapse

    22 April 2014

    The Rana Plaza Coordination Committee has made today made available approximately BDT 14,20,00,000 to make payments of 50,00BDT to eligible claimants through the BKash system. Payment is being made in respect of all injured workers, dependents of the deceased and missing workers, as well as the non-injured workers.

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    ILO Deputy DG welcomes advance payments to Rana Plaza survivors and victims' families

    22 April 2014

    Initial disbursements of TK 50,000 (US$ 645) made to survivors and families of those who died in the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013.

  18. Officials of over 140 newly registered RMG sector Trade Unions receive Orientation on Freedom of Association

    22 April 2014

    Leaders of 141 newly registered trade unions of the RMG factories along with leaders of over 80 trade union federation in Bangladesh received a day long orientation on issues like collective bargaining and freedom of association.

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    Ryder: Rana Plaza legacy must be improved working conditions globally

    03 April 2014

    The ILO Director-General highlights the human cost of poor working conditions and calls for action to ensure the Rana Plaza tragedy is not repeated.

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    ILO Deputy Director-General on first Rana Plaza payments: "Good news for the NWB workers affected and we must also focus on all the victims"

    17 March 2014