The Bangladesh government, employer groups and labour leaders have committed to work together to ensure fire safety measures are put in place at garment factories across the country.

As a first step, they plan to work together to develop a national action plan on fire safety by the end of February 2013, aimed at preventing loss of life in workplace fire-related accidents.

The commitment was made at a day-long meeting in Dhaka yesterday (15 January) jointly organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The stakeholders' initiatives come in the wake of the Tazreen Fashion fire that claimed more than 111 lives late last year in Bangladesh.

They are also calling on international development organisations, brands/buyers, donor agencies, and non-governmental organisations to help implementing the fire safety plan.

"We're ready to provide technical support," Gagan Rajbhandari, deputy director of the ILO office in Dhaka, told just-style today (16 January).

He also said the ILO is now working to launch its Better Work Programme in Bangladesh to try to improve productivity.