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Siddique Islam

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BANGLADESH: Apparel exports up marginally in July-August 16 September 2014

Bangladesh's apparel exports edged up by 1.7% in the first two months of the current fiscal year as buyers continue to remain cautious following last year's factory safety issues and subsequent strikes and disruption as a pay rise was negotiated for apparel workers.

BANGLADESH: Tuba Group boss seeks loan to reopen factories 26 August 2014

The boss of the Tuba Group is seeking a BDT300m (US$3.88m) government loan to reopen his five apparel factories, which were forced to suspend production earlier this month after workers went on strike.

BANGLADESH: Woven garment exports tumble 4% in July 12 August 2014

Bangladesh's woven garment exports fell by 4.14% in July amid a slowdown in shipments of apparel to markets such as the US following ongoing factory safety issues.

BANGLADESH: Production suspended at Tuba Group factories 12 August 2014

Production remains suspended at the Tuba Group's five factories, where around 1,600 workers earlier this month embarked on a ten-day hunger strike to demand three months' worth of unpaid wages and benefits.

BANGLADESH: Unpaid garment workers call for national strike 7 August 2014

Around 1,600 Bangladeshi garment workers on hunger strike for the past ten days have called for a nationwide strike at clothing factories across the country from Saturday (9 August) if outstanding salaries and bonuses are not paid.

BANGLADESH: Apparel exports soar 14% in fiscal year 11 July 2014

Bangladesh's ready-made garment exports are continuing to soar, rising by nearly 14% in the just-finished fiscal year as political stability returns to the South Asian country.

BANGLADESH: Draft law allows EPZ workers to form unions 8 July 2014

Bangladesh's government has approved a draft labour law that will allow workers in export processing zones (EPZs) to form unions - a week after both the EU and US criticised the country's progress on improving worker rights.

BANGLADESH: Alliance factory inspections get underway 13 March 2014

The group of 27 North American retailers and brands working to improve safety in Bangladesh has started inspections on more than 400 garment factories used by its members.

BANGLADESH: EU not satisfied with factory safety efforts 10 March 2014

The European Union's representative in Bangladesh has expressed dissatisfaction at the country's progress towards improving worker and building safety in the apparel industry.

BANGLADESH: Fire and safety expo highlights training gap 25 February 2014

Among the ongoing challenges facing Bangladesh garment factories when it comes to improving fire and building safety are untrained management, supervisors and workers, and a poor attitude to safety, a new survey has shown.

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