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Inspectors suggest partial evacuation of five RMG factories

After identifying safety risks at two more buildings housing five ready-made garment (RMG) factories inspectors of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) recommended immediate partial evacuation. They said that the evacuation, starting with the top two floors of the buildings, and to remove materials from the rooftop must begin immediately to reduce substantial weight […]

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No Trade Union – Workers’ Welfare Associations at EPZ

Bangladesh Commerce minister ruled out the possibility of any further changes to the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Labour Act 2014,  regarding Trade Union (TU) activities in the Bangladesh’s eight EPZs, employing 360,000 workers. He said this on Thursday in Dhaka while speaking to the media about the outcomes of his recent meeting with the European […]

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Bangladesh’s advantage in RMG cannot be taken for granted

The advantage enjoyed by Bangladesh in readymade garment (RMG) sector cannot be taken for granted, and the country’s competitiveness in the apparel export market may erode in the long run if working conditions do not improve, says the World Bank in its Bangladesh Development Update October 2014. In the immediate future, stronger attention is needed […]

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EU for urgent formulation of rules to execute labour law

The European Union (EU) Monday pressed for urgent formulation of necessary rules for implementation of the labour law, especially to safeguard labour rights and standards. The call came from a meeting on ‘Bangladesh Sustainability Compact’, held in Brussels, one year after signing the agreement to review the progress made in the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) […]

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Bangladesh Factory Checks Reveal More Than 80,000 Safety Issues

The two groups of western retailers – Accord and Alliance – have completed their initial inspection of fire, electrical and structural safety of nearly 1,700 garment factories in Bangladesh, identifying flaws in most of the units. Accord, the European Union (EU) based group with 189 members including H&M and Inditex, Tuesday said it had found […]

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Bangladesh Govt. draft policy for RMG sub-contracting

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The government of Bangladesh has drafted a new policy to bar non-compliant sub-contracting readymade garment (RMG) factories from doing business with exporters, official sources said. The government, after consulting local and international stakeholders, is framing the new ‘sub-contracting policy 2013’ with a view to ensuring a positive working environment in the sub-contracting business. The policy […]

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Labour Rights, Safety Standards bellow required level

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Inspection of 81 garment factories conducted by the 23 special inspection teams of the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments of the government of Bangladesh found labour rights and safety standards below the required level. Some important compliance issues, such as formation of trade union, insurance facility for the garment workers, daycare centre, maternal welfare, […]

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80pc wetlands and flood flow zones filled up

Wetland filled up in massive scale for the Eastern and other Housing Project in Alubdi Area by Pallabi, starting at the end of the National Botanical Garden in Mirpur in 2004. Today, in 2014 it is a full grown town of concrete with no trace of water, fish, bird or alike.  Photo: K. BHUIYAN

Real Estate Development and Housing Companies have destroyed more than 80 percent of the capital’s conservable floodplains and water retention, wetlands and flood flow zones, mostly in the last five years, as the government stalled implementing key recommendations of the Detailed Area Plan (DAP), intensifying flood and climate change vulnerability to Bangladesh, say experts. It is self-destructive, […]

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Spinning Mills built in the middle of the river Turag

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The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) or Capital City Development Authority yesterday staged a rather ridiculous eviction drive with 10 labourers to knock down only 80 square feet brick wall of a 9,292 square metres spinning mills being built on the flood flow zone of the Turag river. Led by an executive magistrate, the eviction team arrived […]

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DoE fines dyeing plant fined for pollution

Industrial Pollution in Bangladesh in Colours and Smells.

Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a textile dyeing factory in Gazipur for polluting the river Turag with untreated toxic effluent. AMC Knit Composite had been operating without environmental clearance since 2008 in Mohna Bhabanipur, said a DoE press release. Mohammad Munir Chowdhury, director of DoE, handed down the fine of BDT 3.1 million (EUR […]

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Korean Export Processing Zone at serious risk

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Instead of handing over the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) to the investor, the government of Bangladesh plans to take back […]

Dhaka needs to remove its rocky anti-FDI atmosphere

Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Yun-young

Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Mr. Lee Yun-young has said Bangladesh should come out from protectionism and open up its market […]

‘Welfare Associations’ to negotiate for rights at Bangladesh EPZ

The Government of Bangladesh today approved, in principle, draft of a labour law for Export Processing Zones (EPZ) with the provision […]

Return of GSP seems far off – a lot more must be done

Bangladesh’s progress in implementation of the National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety and Structural Integrity (the Action Plan) which provides a […]

Bangladesh halts shutdown of “unsafe” factories

The Bangladeshi government is refusing to shut down garment factories declared unsafe, following a row with independent inspectors over the […]

Yawning gap between pledges and delivery to Rana Plaza victims

Many Rana Plaza victims are yet to receive the promised compensation from the government and retailers, nine months after the […]