Workplace safety

ILO sends high-level mission to Bangladesh following the Rana Plaza Building collapse

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says it is time for horror and regret to translate into urgent action.

Press release | 29 April 2013

GENEVA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has sent a high-level mission to Bangladesh to offer its support and expedite action by all parties following the collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Savar, which left at least 380 people dead.

The high-level mission is led by ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations, Gilbert Houngbo.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said he was writing to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, urging immediate action to prevent a recurrence of the latest in a series of entirely avoidable workplace tragedies.

“Horror and regret must translate into urgent firm action,” said Ryder. “Action now can prevent further tragedy. Inaction would mean that the next tragedy is simply a matter of time. The ILO urges the Government of Bangladesh and its employers and trade unions to make use of its support and ensure that the Rana Plaza tragedy is the last of its kind.”

ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations, Gilbert Houngbo, discusses purpose of the high-level mission to Bangladesh
The ILO said a comprehensive programme must include: dealing with unsound factories, including through relocation and infrastructure improvement; establishing credible labour inspection; high-level political commitment to enforcement of laws and regulations; encouragement of social dialogue on safety and health; and the adoption of labour legislation guaranteeing effectively inter alia rights of organization and collective bargaining in line with ILO standards.

The ILO has expressed its deep sadness at the horrific loss of life and injuries caused by the collapse of the building on April 24 and its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families.

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