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ILO: Complete RMG factories inspection soon

  • Published at 03:40 pm April 19th, 2014

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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