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EU stresses implementing RMG labour reform

  • Published at 01:27 pm June 27th, 2014

The European Union has stressed the necessity of implementing regulations on labour reform in the garment sector of Bangladesh.

European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht made the observation at an informal OECD ministerial meeting on Rana Plaza’s aftermath held in Paris on Thursday.

He also said improvements in labour rights must be extended to the Export Processing Zones.

"Bangladesh's labour law still needs to address restrictions on trade union formation and membership," Karel De Gucht said.

The EU commissioner said Bangladesh has amended its labour law improving labour rights. "It has also upgraded its system for inspecting factory safety and begun the recruitment process of hundreds of new inspectors.”

He said the recruitment of labour inspectors needs to be accelerated, inspections need to proceed and their results published.

"All the enabling conditions must be in place, not only in law but in practice, for workers to organise into trade unions and make their voice heard at the factory level," he added.

He also welcomed the statement by governments of different countries calling for further contributions to the Rana Plaza Arrangement by international retailers and Bangladeshi manufacturers as well as by the Government of Bangladesh.