Bangladesh garment factories re-open after strikes
The leader of Bangladesh's clothing industry association has told just-style nearly 300 garment factories in the troubled Ashulia industrial zone in Bangladesh will reopen after a week of protests.
The leader of Bangladesh's clothing industry association has told just-style nearly 300 garment factories in the troubled Ashulia industrial zone in Bangladesh will reopen today (21 June).
Bangladesh garment factory owners have refused to reopen factories closed in the country's troubled Ashulia industrial zone until striking textile and clothing workers who vandalised their factories are brought to book.
Up to 50,000 Bangladeshi garment workers are continuing protests in a bid to win a 50% pay hike and subsidised food to cope with rising living costs, according to reports.
Leading global brands and retailers including H&M, Levi Strauss, Carrefour and Tesco have backed a three-year programme to clean up production in the Bangladeshi garment industry.
Factory auditing and certification group Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) is to work with the Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) to promote socially responsible manufacturing in the country.
Trade groups representing thousands of buyers in the apparel, retail, licensing, and footwear industries in the US, Canada, and Europe are appealing to the Bangladeshi government for a full investigation into the death of a labour activist and former apparel worker who was found tortured and killed outside Dhaka earlier this month.
Labour rights organisations are calling for a full investigation after an activist and former apparel worker was found tortured and killed outside Dhaka.
Apparel maker PVH Corp today (21 March) revealed plans to commit $1m to improving conditions in Bangladesh's garment factories - as an ABC News report prepares to criticise it for continuing to source clothes at a facility where dozens of workers died in a fire.
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