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Factories below 50% remediation to face Alliance music

  • Published at 12:36 am November 15th, 2016
Factories below 50% remediation to face Alliance music
According to the North-American buyers platform, the RMG makers did not make satisfactory progress in their remediation works. The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety informed the apex trade body of apparel sector about it on Sunday. Alliance said it will provide a list of 130 RMG factories to Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to take steps about how they can speed up remediation process. Meanwhile, it will organise two sessions in Dhaka and Chittagong respectively on November 23 and December 5 to give counsel to the factory owners on how to expedite their remediation process, said an official of Alliance, who preferred not to be named. Following the counsel, Alliance will set a two-month deadline to observe notable progress on remediation. As a follow-up, the retailers platform will give a warning notice first after a month while the second one will be served after a couple of weeks, he said. If the manufacturers fail to make substantial progress within the deadline, Alliance would serve business termination letter to the respective factories. On the other hand, BGMEA will provide assistance for its members to expedite the remediation works to reach a desired level. After receiving the list of factories, BGMEA will call each factory owner and hear from them about the reasons that led them to make slow progress. “Being informed, we will take measures based on the magnitude of problems,” BGMEA vice-president Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu told the Dhaka Tribune. According to the third annual report of Alliance, 55% of high-priority repairs and 63% of all required repairs in its affiliated RMG factories have been completed. The retailers platform inspected 759 RMG units, of which 40 completed Corrective Action Plans (CAPs). The issue of workers’ safety came under the spotlight following the collapse of Rana Plaza, which raised question on workplace safety, killing over 1,135 workers and injured over 2,500 people.