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ILO: Complete RMG factories inspection soon

Update : 19 Apr 2014, 03:40 PM

Bangladesh should inspect all of its garment factories as soon as possible, says International Labor Organisation (ILO).

The United Nation's agency who oversees labour issues worldwide made the suggestion a week before the anniversary of Rana Plaza disaster.

Noting that there are a lot of things to be done in Bangladesh, ILO Deputy Director-General Gilbert Houngbo said, adding it should start with factory inspection.

He said: “Inspection of the 3,500 factories must be done as soon as possible.”

While talking on workers right and job security the ILO deputy director-general said: “We need to make sure that the fundamental rights for workers are met, at the same token, making sure that this vital sector for the economy which has generated 4-million job, is still an important dimension for growth.

ILO also emphasized on government responsibly as Houngbo said: “So, bringing the two dimensions together to have a real inclusive growth striking the right balance is going to be a real challenge for all of us and I believe in the government and the partners being the drivers in the driver's seat.”

Inspections of all export-oriented Ready Made Garment (RMG) and knitwear factory buildings in Bangladesh began on November 22, 2013 in a co-operation with Bangladesh government and ILO.

On April 24, 2013, an eight-story commercial building in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, collapsed.

A total of 1,129 people were killed in the deadliest garment-factory accident in the history. Some 2,515 injured people were rescued from the building alive.

April 24, 2014 is the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy.


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