The UN's labour organisation has called for Bangladesh to assess the structural and fire safety of all export-orientated ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh, and for unsafe factories to be relocated.

The UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said that in partnership with government, employers and workers, it will submit a labour reform package to parliament in June 2013, which would improve protection, in law and practice, for the fundamental rights to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, as well as occupational safety and health.

The partners are calling on the ILO to assist in providing technical and financial resources to assess the buildings, the ILO said.

They are also seeking a skills and training programme for workers who sustained injuries in the events at the Tazreen Fashions, Smart Export Garments and Rana Plaza factories that resulted in disability. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) have agreed to redeploy the ready-made garment workers that became unemployed, or injured, through the tragedies.

The government will recruit 200 additional inspectors over the next six months, and ensure that, the Department of the Chief Inspector of Factories and Establishments will have been upgraded to a Directorate with an annual regular budget allocation adequate to enable the recruitment of a minimum of 800 inspectors and the development of proper infrastructure required for their proper functioning.

The ILO has also agreed with the three partners to implement the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety in Bangladesh, and extend its scope to include structural integrity of buildings to improve the occupational and structural safety and other vulnerable sectors.