Press releases

2013

  1. Assessment of garment factories to begin, to ensure building, fire and electrical safety

    07 September 2013

    Garment industry stakeholders agree need for common safety standards.

  2. Assessment of structural integrity and fire safety of RMG factories to begin in September

    22 August 2013

  3. ILO Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific concludes four day mission to Bangladesh

    02 August 2013

  4. Bangladesh Government, employers and workers organizations sign integrated national action plan on fire safety and structural integrity in the garment sector

    25 July 2013

    The plan brings together the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety in the RMG Sector signed on March 24, 2013 in response to the Tazreen factory fire and the Joint Tripartite Statement adopted on May 4 in the wake of the Rana Plaza tragedy.

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    New support to protect girls and women from ‘modern day slavery’

    15 July 2013

    The ILO and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) partner to combat trafficking of women and girls with major new project in South Asia and the Middle East.

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    DFID, ILO to launch new initiative to tackle trafficking of women and girls

    10 July 2013

  7. ILO, EU, Bangladesh government adopt new compact on garment factory safety

    10 July 2013

    The new compact aims to improve health and safety, labour rights and responsible business conduct in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry.

  8. Working for a higher skilled garments sector in Bangladesh: Using corporate social responsibility to bridge the gap between training and employment

    02 July 2013

    Gazipur Technical School and College (TSC) today celebrated the graduation of the first batch and the inauguration of the second batch of sewing machine operator trainees in a new corporate social responsibility partnership. The partnership brings together Gazipur TSC, CARE Bangladesh, IDLC, Far East Knitting, Interfab Shirt Manufacturing, TRZ Group and the International Labour Organisation with the goal of improving the skills of Bangladeshi workers.

  9. Bangladesh's Kamran T. Rahman Elected Vice President of the International Labour Conference

    09 June 2013

    The former head of the Bangladesh Employers Federation, Mr Kamran Rahman has been elected as a Vice-President of the 2013 International Labour Conference (ILC), the annual meeting of the membership of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations specialized agency that deals with work and work-place related issues.

  10. First meeting of high level committee on building and fire safety in RMG factories

    07 June 2013

    The first meeting of the National Tripartite Committee formed to implement the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Building and Fire Safety in the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh (NAP) was held on Thursday, 6 June 2013.

  11. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ILO sign 2.5 million USD agreement to support improved labour conditions in Bangladesh

    03 June 2013

  12. Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ILO to sign US$2.5 million agreement to support improved working conditions in Bangladesh

    02 June 2013

    The Norwegian Minister for International Development Mr Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås and the ILO Country Office for Bangladesh Director Mr Srinivas Reddy will sign an agreement on 3 June. The Norwegian Government will provide NOK14.5 million (US$2.5 million) to support workers' rights and labour relations in export industries in Bangladesh.

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    The ILO and the government of Bangladesh to hold a press conference on Rana Plaza disaster

    03 May 2013

  14. Fire safety - Tripartite partners adopt National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety for the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh

    25 March 2013

  15. Women with disabilities boost Chittagong's growing RMG sector

    31 January 2013

    Chittagong Mohila Polytechnic Institute this week inaugurated a new competency-based sewing machine operator’s training program for women with disabilities.

  16. New opportunities for persons with disabilities in Bangladesh

    31 January 2013

    Gazipur Technical School & College this week inaugurated a new sewing machine operator’s course which included persons with disabilities. The course is an important step towards meeting the growing skill needs of the quickly expanding readymade garments industry in Bangladesh.

  17. Tripartite Meeting on Fire Safety in the Workplace in Bangladesh

    15 January 2013

    A tripartite meeting on fire safety in the work place in Bangladesh was organized jointly by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the ILO on 15 January 2013. Following the daylong deliberations, a tripartite statement of commitment was adopted and signed at the meeting.

2012

  1. ILO’S Press Release on the tragic incident of fire in a garment factory at Ashulia

    27 November 2012

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is greatly shocked and saddened by the tragic incident of fire in a garment factory at Ashulia adjacent to Dhaka on 24 November 2012 that resulted in the unfortunate deaths of more than 100 workers. The ILO extends its sincere condolences to the bereaved families of the victims and conveys its sympathy to those injured due to the fire.

  2. Visit of Mr William Hanna, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh to ILO TVET Project sites

    11 July 2012

    Mr William Hanna, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh and Mr André Bogui, Country Director of ILO, interacting with the beneficiaries of the ILO TVET Reform Project during their visits to two skills development pilot initiatives on 11 July 2012. Mr Shahjahan Mian, Director-General, Directorate of Technical Education, Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh also participated in the visits.

  3. ILO signs US$1,140,000 partnership with Korean Government

    27 June 2012

    The ILO and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed an agreement that will provide US$1,140,000, as well as technical expertise, to support the development of decent work in more than 15 Asian countries.