INDONESIA: Garment makers monitored on building safety
The International Labour Organization's (ILO) Better Work Indonesia initiative is advising garment makers to ensure the safety of their factory buildings.
In particular it wants to ensure buildings are structurally sound and are constructed in line with government regulations.
"There have been no incidents we are aware of in Indonesia, but we are informing all factories in the Better Work Indonesia programme that they must comply to the Indonesian building code and seek advice from public works," BWI programme manager Simon Field told just-style.
"We will be monitoring factories to see if they follow the building code during our assessments," he added.
"All remedial action must be undertaken by the owner in accordance with Indonesian law. The Indonesian law is very robust. And all building owners must comply to these laws."
Indonesia exported a total of US$13.4bn in garment and textile products in 2011.
Better Work Indonesia was launched in 2011 and aims to improve compliance with labour standards and promote competitiveness in Indonesia's apparel industry.
Indonesian textile and garment exports were worth US$12.5bn in 2012 according to the Indonesian Textile Association (API), with the United States and Europe the main export markets.
Separately, the ILO's Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) initiative is also advising that a structural review is carried out on all buildings in all garment and footwear factories in Cambodia.
The move follows two recent incidents where the collapse of structures in two Cambodian factories killed and injured garment workers.
The industry as a whole is seeing a renewed focus on factory fire and building safety after more than 1,100 workers were killed in April when the Rana Plaza factory building outside Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed.
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