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Bangladesh Accord: New phase should protect unions 11 May 2017

Apparel companies involved in a widely hailed effort to protect garment workers in Bangladesh factories from harm need to take another step to make sure the gains are sustainable. Making that happen depends in large part on workers' ability to organise and to call out dangerous conditions without fear of being beaten or fired, says Aruna Kashyap, senior counsel for the women's rights division of Human Rights Watch. 

Bangladesh remediation work "a moving target" 9 May 2017

Just a little over four years after the Bangladesh Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers, key participants in the global garment supply chain met in New York City to assess progress in protecting garment worker safety, and brainstorm steps to ensuring future progress.

Rana Plaza four years on – Timeline of change 24 Apr 2017

On the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes that have been made to improve worker and building safety within the country's ready-made garment industry. While progress has undoubtedly been made, questions remain about the speed of remediation if all parties involved are to leave their legacy of safer factories in 2018.

Industry groups reaffirm commitment to Bangladesh 24 Apr 2017

Industry groups, brands and unions have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the completion and long-term reform of Bangladesh's apparel industry on the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster.

Bangladesh apparel sector faces up to challenges 28 Feb 2017

With the global garment market still growing fast, Bangladesh needs to seize the so-called ‘China-plus’ opportunity while penetrating new markets and diversifying its products, a Dhaka conference has heard.

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Heatwave hits workers in Bangladesh garment factor 26 May 2017

A heatwave sweeping through Bangladesh has led hundreds of garment workers to collapse, according to local media reports.

More effort required in Bangladesh RMG sector 22 May 2017

Representatives of the EU, US, Canada, Bangladesh and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have recognised the progress made by Bangladesh in the third annual review of the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact, but reaffirmed the need to ensure workers enjoy freedom of association and collective bargaining rights.

Launch of potential new Accord agreement imminent 18 May 2017

Talks are underway between global unions and a number of signatories of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh over a possible continuation of the agreement, or the formation of a new one, with a potential launch expected as early as next month.

More to be done in Bangladesh, says labour group 17 May 2017

In the face of the third annual review of the so-called 'Sustainability Compact' between Bangladesh, the European Union and the International Labour Organization, labour rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is calling for the EU to use the review to push for workers' rights and freedom of association in Bangladesh.

New initiative to manage Bangladesh remediation 15 May 2017

The safety of Bangladesh's garment industry is set to take a further step forward following the launch of a new initiative designed to manage the remediation process of the country's garment factories.

Accord signatories in talks to broaden scope 11 May 2017

A number of brand signatories of the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh are negotiating with global union federation signatories about a possible extension and potential broadening of the group's scope.

Bangladesh Accord launches remediation funding 9 May 2017

The Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh is launching a financial support programme for suppliers that it says will ensure major and costly safety measures can continue to be carried out as the organisation enters its fifth, and final, year.

Bangladesh Alliance suspends another 9 factories 4 May 2017

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has suspended the operations of another nine garment factories for failing to prioritise remediation.

Bangladesh trains judges on labour standards 25 Apr 2017

A three-day training course on 'International Labour Standards and Labour Legislation' was launched today (25 April) in Bangladesh. aimed at equipping judges and judicial officers with better knowledge of international labour law.

More to be done in Bangladesh, says labour group 21 Apr 2017

In the face of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory complex collapse, labour rights group Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is outlining a set of key actions required from governments, brands and employers it says will drive "fundamental changes" in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Garment factories boost Bangladesh education 16 Sep 2014

The explosive growth of the Bangladeshi ready-made garment industry is more likely to be accompanied by accusations of sweatshop exploitation from labour rights activists than praise for the positive opportunities it brings the sector's largely-women workforce.