Workplace safety

ILO welcomes accord on Building and Fire Safety in Bangladesh

The ILO stands ready to provide appropriate support to the agreement signed by international fashion retailers along with other companies and trade unions to prevent workplace disasters.

Statement | Geneva | 14 May 2013

The International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomes the Accord on Building and Fire Safety, the support of international trade unions and apparel brands and retailers for this initiative, as well as further support it may receive.

The need for urgent improvement in workplace safety requires the industry to work together to implement a scalable and transparent plan of action that supports the vital role of government and employer and worker organizations in Bangladesh.

The ILO stands ready to provide appropriate support to this initiative in response to the requests of the signatory parties, to help ensure effective implementation and coordination with national organizations.

The ILO is also actively working to realize the goals agreed by the Government, garment industry and trade unions of Bangladesh during the recent high level ILO mission to Bangladesh, including the critical need to reform the country's labour law to bring it in line with international norms.

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