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RMG workers database to be launched Thursday

Update : 24 Mar 2014, 07:23 PM

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday said the workers database for the country’s readymade garments industry would be launch on Thursday.

He spoke about the schedule after a meeting with 7-member EU delegation, led by Jean Lambert, at his ministry office.

The visiting delegation wanted to know the progress of implementation of the Action Plan, taken after the Rana Plaza building collapse, he said. “I’ve informed the delegation there have been some visible improvement, and the remaining three conditions, which is under progress, would be done by March 31.” 

Talking about appointment of factory inspectors, the minister said it would be completed by March as the government already had talks with the Public Service Commission.

He said the delegation also wanted to know about introduction of trade union at the factories of Export Processing Zones. In response, he informed that the government had amended the labour law and would take time to bring changes in the EPZ laws.

“I’ve been able to make the team understand that it will take time to relocate the factores,” he said.

“The people of the EU countries are worried about the safety and security of the RMG workers as we have came to know the progress of the action plan taken to improve the safety standards,” said Lambert.

The EU continues its assistance to Bangladesh for the improvement of the apparel sector after Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashion disasters, she said. 

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