Videos and audio stories

2017

  1. All about Safety Committees

    19 June 2017

    Since the Rana Plaza collapse the ILO with the support of Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom has supported the Government of Bangladesh to improve workplace safety in the garment sector. As part of this work efforts have been made to build awareness of the role of Safety Committees. This video produced by the labour inspectorate with ILO support explains what Safety Committees do and how they can benefit workers and employers alike.

  2. 10 tips on workplace safety

    19 June 2017

    ILO is working closely with the government, workers and employers to improve safety in the Bangladesh garment sector. As part of these efforts a major OSH campaign has been launched featuring local TV star Mosharraf Karim. Follow Mosharraf as he explains basic safety tips to Bangladesh garment workers.

  3. The Remediation Coordination Cell for the Bangladesh garment industry (infographic)

    19 June 2017

    Since the collapse of Rana Plaza in April 2013, the International Labour Organization with the support of Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom has worked to improve safety in the Bangladesh garment industry. Over 1,500 garment factories have been inspected for structural, fire and electrical safety. A newly formed Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC) will now ensure that work to fix any faults in the factories is carried out in a systematic and accountable manner

  4. Learning labour court skills in Bangladesh

    18 May 2017

    Labour inspector Bulbul Ahmed took part in a mock labour court training held by the ILO for Bangladesh labour inspectors, in July 2016. The training was supported by ILO's Improving Working Conditions in the garment sector programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom as part of efforts to support the reform of the labour inspectorate

  5. Lady inspectors take to two wheels

    18 May 2017

    In order to help female labour inspectors in Bangladesh get to factories ILO's Improving Working Conditions in the Garment Sector programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom provided 20 motorcycle scooters as part of efforts to support the reform of the labour inspectorate

  6. Refusing to throw in the towel on factory safety in Bangladesh

    27 April 2017

    Since 2013, over 1,500 garment factories in Bangladesh have been inspected for structural, fire and electrical safety under a National Initiative supported by the ILO with funding from Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom. A process of remediation is now underway and to mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work we look at the improvements one owner has made to improve workplace safety in his factory.

  7. RMG project update: February 2017

    22 February 2017

    ILO’s RMG programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom was launched in 2013 to improve working conditions in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector. Programme Manager Tuomo Poutiainen explains progress to date and how this work will be built upon

2016

  1. Video Presentation: Improving social dialogue and harmonious industrial relations in the Bangladesh RMG sector

    21 December 2016

  2. Improving Working Practices and Decent Work in the Bangladesh Construction Industry

    05 December 2016

  3. Rana Plaza - three years after

    25 April 2016

    It’s now three years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza with the death of over 1,100 garment workers. This short film looks at some of the progress made and what still remains to be done.

2015

  1. Bangladesh's handyman without hands

    07 May 2015

    Ask anyone in Tongi, Bangladesh about Mosharrof Hossain and they'll tell you he's the man to fix your fridge. What they probably won't tell you is that he will do it without hands - both were amputated following an electrical fire. having a disability has not stopped him becoming a father, a mechanic, an entrepreneur and a trainer though.

  2. Kickstart: Bangladesh's female motorcycle service mechanics

    07 May 2015

    What is it like to be a girl learning to service motorcycles in Bangladesh? Khadija and Pinki are finding out. They are both trainees in new, nationally-recognised, practical training programmes under the National Technical and Vocational Qualifcations Framework.

  3. Babul's Dream: A future vision of skills in Bangladesh

    07 May 2015

    Babul's father fixed boat engines, but he lost his hands when Babul was young, so Babul started learning his father's skills early. His dream was to go abroad and start a professional workshop. This is Babul's story of how he achieved his dream through technical education.

  4. Kabir's Dream: A future vision of skills in Bangladesh

    07 May 2015

    Kabir was raised by his uncle. He had a dream to modernise his father's handloom factory and become a weaver, but also a trainer of other young people. This is Kabir's story of how he achieved his dream through technical education.

  5. Rubina's dream: A future vision of skills in Bangladesh

    07 May 2015

    Rubina did not want to be a school teacher. She was always pulling things apart and wanted a job where she could use her hands. Her dream was to become an electrician. This is Rubina's story of how she achieved her dream through technical education.

  6. A Legacy of Rana Plaza: making employment injury insurance a reality for all

    24 April 2015

    Workers who were victims of Rana Plaza were uninsured and intensive efforts to compensate them had to be made after the fact. The ILO says the accident is a wake-up call to establish national employment injury insurance so all workers are protected when accidents happen.

  7. Bangladesh ready-made garment sector, challenges and way forward

    23 April 2015

    At 8:54 am local time on April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed claiming more than 1,100 lives and leaving many more injured. Over the past two years, the ILO has been working with its local and international partners on several fronts to improve the situation of workers in the Bangladeshi garment industry.

  8. From worker to owner

    20 April 2015

    Haunted by the Rana Plaza collapse Nasir Uddin Sohel could not face returning to a large factory. After receiving counselling from ILO he used his compensation money to setup his own small garment factory. A year on, the business has grown from two sewing machines to eight and he now employs six other Rana Plaza survivors. ILO support to Nasir was provided through a programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

  9. Towards a safer RMG sector for Bangladesh

    19 April 2015

    As labour inspectors, Farzana Islam and her colleagues are on the front line to ensure the safety and rights of over four million ready-made garment workers in Bangladesh. ILO supports capacity building of the labour inspectorate through a programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to help it more effectively carry out its regulatory oversight role.

  10. A small shop built on big dreams

    19 April 2015

    Badly injured while helping to rescue fellow workers from the rubble of Rana Plaza, Shahjahan Selim is now permanently disabled. Through ILO medical and business skills assistance Selim has overcome adversity to open a small shop which after just one year of operation has grown to twice its original size. ILO support to Selim was provided through a programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.