Bangladesh's garment makers are talking with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to try to establish better industrial relations between workers and factory managers by implementing the Better Work Programme.

Both the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) are making preparations to implement the scheme.

The move comes amid a backdrop of rising concern by leading global buyers, including Walmart and Gap, over labour unrest in Bangladeshi apparel hubs.

"We're now working with the ILO on labour issues through implementation of the Better Work Programme," Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, president of the BGMEA, told just-style.

Mr Mohiuddin, who is also managing director of Onus Garments, said he has already discussed the issue with Lejo Sibbel, senior design adviser of the Better Work Programme.

A high-level BGMEA delegation has already visited three countries - Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia - to gather experience on the ILO's Better Work Programme.

"The final decision will be taken at a meeting scheduled to be held in Jakarta in September this year," the BGMEA chief said, adding that they will "pursue programmes considering the country's overall socio-economic conditions."