Bangladesh will reopen more than 300 garment factories on Friday, ending a three-day forced closure due to worker protests over pay and working conditions after a building collapse killed more than 1,100 people.
A series of deadly incidents at factories in Bangladesh, the world’s second-biggest exporter of clothing after China, has focused global attention on safety standards in the booming $20 billion garment industry here.
Authorities shut down the garment factories for an indefinite period on safety grounds following worker unrest in the Ashulia industrial belt, on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, that accounts for nearly 20 percent of total exports.
“We decided to reopen the factories from tomorrow after the labor minister assured us of adequate security,” said Mohammad Atiqul Islam, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
An eight-storey complex of factories housing garment manufacturers collapsed in Bangladesh on April 24, killing 1,127 people. That has sparked campaigns in the West to improve safety standards at plants supplying major fashion brands.
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(Update3) Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapsed Building / death toll 1,127 and garment workers allowed to form trade unions
Nearly three weeks after a Bangladesh garment-factory building collapsed, the search for the dead ended Monday at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry. The death toll: 1,127. The collapse of the Rana Plaza building focused worldwide attention on the hazardous conditions in Bangladesh’s low-cost garment industry and … Continue reading »
The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial accident has passed 1,000 as recovery teams continue to find more bodies in the wreckage. The eight-storey Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka collapsed on 24 April with an unknown number inside. The authorities say about 2,500 people were injured in the accident and 2,437 people were rescued. … Continue reading »
The death toll for Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster rose to 782 as the army continued to clear debris at a garment factory building that collapsed last month. The army’s attempt to recover more bodies from the rubble at Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24 will continue for at least another week, Mir Rabbi, an … Continue reading »
Reblogged from The Islamic Workplace: Video of Fire in 2012, Nov 27 Following Saturday’s deadly garment factory fire in Bangladesh, some wonder if greed is being put before safety? Robin Stickley reports. Building Collapse of April 24, 2013 An eight storey block housing factories and a shopping center collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi … Continue reading »