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A tale of 3 countries – Vietnam, India, Bangladesh 14 Jul 2017

Things are no longer going well for Bangladesh when it comes to US garment imports, writes David Birnbaum, as he takes a closer look at why the country has been left behind as its competitors have moved forward. 


Factory safety not main risk to Bangladesh workers 13 Jul 2017

The death of 13 people following a boiler explosion earlier this month at the Multifabs factory in Bangladesh's Gazipur district makes many of us wonder why the country's garment making sector still seems so tragically unsafe, writes Mike Flanagan. While spectacular advances have been in garment factory safety over the past four years, they have not been matched by improvements in other threats to Bangladeshi workers' lives.


Primark, H&M among first to sign new '2018 Accord' 29 Jun 2017

Primark, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Inditex are among the first to join a raft of major apparel brands and unions in signing a new and improved Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety that will run to 2021 and promises to offer new worker protections and ensure more factories are inspected and renovated.


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.

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Bangladesh attempts to ease Chittagong congestion 24 Jul 2017

The Customs House at Bangladesh's main Chittagong port has said it will remain open around the clock until further notice in a bid to ease increasing congestion that is understood to be hurting the country's garment export businesses.


ITUC welcomes new Bangladesh Accord 24 Jul 2017

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has welcomed the new and improved Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety that will run to 2021 and promises to offer new worker protections and ensure more factories are inspected and renovated.


Bangladesh exports in slowest growth for 15 years 18 Jul 2017

Bangladesh exports have experienced the slowest growth in 15 years with garment exports up a mere 0.2% for the year ending June 2017, according to reports.


Bangladesh looking to build capability beyond CMT 18 Jul 2017

Bangladesh is to host a workshop later this month on how to develop an apparel brand as the country’s garment industry looks to build its capability beyond cut, make and trim, to increase profit margins.


Ten more Alliance factories fully remediated 11 Jul 2017

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says that during the month of June, a further ten Alliance-affiliated factories completed all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), bringing the total number of completions to 92.


Bangladesh garment factory explosion kills 11 4 Jul 2017

Swedish fashion retailer Lindex says it is taking the deaths of 11 people at one of its "most important" supplier factories very seriously and is monitoring the situation on the ground in Bangladesh after a boiler exploded at the Multifabs Limited garment factory yesterday (3 July).


G20 urged to consider Accord sustainability model 4 Jul 2017

Global unions are calling on leaders of the G20 major economies to consider the recently re-signed Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety as a model for promoting sustainable business practices. 


ILO sets out Bangladesh labour law action points 16 Jun 2017

The Government of Bangladesh must ensure the country's Labour Act is brought into line with ILO's conventions, that it continues to investigate all acts of anti-union discrimination, and that applications for union registration are acted upon, the International Labour Organization has said following its annual review.


Mill fire renews calls for Accord extension 16 Jun 2017

A fire that broke out at a Bangladesh textile mill earlier this month injuring 21 workers has reaffirmed the need for the Accord on Fire and Building Safety to be extended and expanded when its term ends, a labour rights group has said.


Factory owner charges unionising workers 16 Jun 2017

Employers at Bangladesh-based Azim Group's Orchid and Savar garment factories in Chittagong have filed criminal charges against 61 workers that were reportedly attacked last month on-site for attempting to form a union.

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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.