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Bangladesh garment workers call for union registration

Workers at the Orchid Sweater factory in Bangladesh have urged for solidarity support as their attempts to secure formal union registration have been repeatedly denied by the Joint Director of Labour (JDL) since February 2016 citing inadequate documents. Management at the company reportedly unleashed a series of harassment and threats of termination of office bearers of the proposed union when they came to know about the worker’s move. In November 2016, workers recruited more workers […]

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Bangladesh to take duty-free access to US via Kenya

Principal Secretary of Kenyan Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Ministry Julius Korir mad a visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier this month. During his visit, he discussed various issues including trade, investment and duty-free access in the US market with Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI). Korir said that Bangladesh can invest in the Kenyan Export Processing Zones (KEPZs) to take advantage of duty-free access in the US market. He pointed out that both […]

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BGMEA organizes job fair in Dhaka

Bangladesh’s Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed will inaugurate a day-long job fair organized by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in Dhaka today. The fair is taking place at International Conference Centre, Bashundhara. Around 40 garment factory owners are participating in the fair, which will serve as platform for those willing to be part of apparel sector as workers or executives. It may be mentioned here that BGMEA under its partnership programme with the […]

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Bangladesh Minister advocates equal rights for women workers

Rashed Khan Menon MP, President of Workers Party & Minister for Civil Aviation & Tourism has stressed on the need for establishing equal rights for women in all spheres of life, including family, workplace and society in state. “Women are deprived and exploited as workers or professionals. This discrimination between men and women should be eliminated for the emancipation of the human being and nations, including Bangladesh,” said Rashed Khan while addressing an event on […]

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Apparel retailers seek redressal of delay in sample delivery from Dhaka airport

Representatives of nearly 20 global retailers held a meeting with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) officials seeking a solution to prolonged problem of delay in delivery of garment samples from the Dhaka (Bangladesh) airport to the factories. These retailers directly or indirectly purchase around US $ 10 billion worth of garment items from Bangladesh. Incidents of missing and delayed delivery of samples from the airport have been an issue of concern among retailers […]

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IMF official content over green initiatives taken by Bangladeshi garment units

A top official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), who visited Bangladesh recently, has expressed happiness over measures taken by garment factories in the country to embrace green practices like saving water, energy and conserving the environment. “The future of Bangladesh’s apparel industry is very bright because of the good workers and the vibrant private sector entrepreneurs,” said Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Deputy Managing Director of IMF. After visiting two green factories owned by Viyellatex Group, a […]

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NGO calls for women economic empowerment in Bangladesh RMG sector

AWAJ Foundation, Dhaka, an NGO, is advocating a change in the way garment industry looks at the workers, especially women, and Nazma Akter, Founder of the foundation is spearheading that mission; a mission that calls for ‘women economic empowerment and decent working conditions’. Akter, while speaking at the recently concluded Dhaka Apparel Summit in Bangladesh, asserted that the Rana Plaza collapse of 2013 did lead to closure of several factories that were deemed unsafe and […]

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‘Bangladesh needs to address sustainability issues in RMG sector’

Higher productivity, workers’ wage hike and profitability are three important factors that need to work together for sustainability of the apparel sector of Bangladesh. This has been stated by an economist during a discussion on ‘Pains and Gains’ – a research paper on the progress made, impediments and the future of the garments sector – an event jointly organized by Daily Star and Bangladesh University. To improve the competitiveness of the apparel sector, these factors […]

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Bangladesh Commerce Minister slams US for callous attitude

The firebrand Commerce Minister of Bangladesh Tofail Ahmed has again condemned the US for their discordance and callousness on Bangladesh’s demand for duty-free and quota-free access to the US market. In this regard, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat said that the US has only offered duty-free-quota-free (DFQF) facilities through a multi-country trade pact. She said it is “extremely unlikely” outside of a multilateral agreement to enjoy DFQF market access to the US […]

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Commitment to compliance is key to Bangladesh: PM

One of the major subjects that were discussed at the Dhaka Apparel Summit held recently in Dhaka, Bangladesh was the steps that the Government has been taking to maintain and sustain the relationship between employers and workers in the readymade garment sector. While addressing the Summit, the Premier of Bangladesh said the Government is committed to ensuring compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in Bangladesh’s apparel and textile industry as […]

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BGMEA signs MoU with Telenor for RMG workers’ health

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telenor Health AS, to provide better healthcare services to RMG workers in the country. The MoU was signed by BGMEA Vice President (Finance) Mohammed Nasir and Chief Medical Officer of Telenor Health Dr. Fred Hersch at Dhaka Apparel Summit. Through the collaboration, existing Telenor Health services, which have already gained widespread popularity in Bangladesh, will be offered to RMG workers […]

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B’desh Govt. steps in to tackle situation as brands boycott Dhaka Apparel Summit

Following five prominent apparel buyers – H&M, Inditex (Zara), C&A, Next and Tchibo deciding to pull out of the upcoming Dhaka Apparel Summit (to be held on February 25th) as a mark of protest against the arrest and alleged harassment of garment workers and labour activists post workers’ demonstration in Ashulia demanding wage hike, Bangladesh Government and garment exporters have reportedly stepped in to tackle the situation. Apart from the buyers, Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), […]

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OECD introduces Due Diligence Guidance for Bangladesh’s RMG sector

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has introduced new due diligence guidance for the readymade garments (RMG) and footwear sectors in Bangladesh, at the recently held conference at OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France. The guidance named “Due diligence in the garment and footwear sector” will represent a move beyond voluntary, non-binding auditing and corporate social responsibility initiatives, which have done little or nothing to protect and improve the rights of workers. It may […]

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Bangladesh demands DFQF access to US market

Bangladesh has renewed its request to the new administration of US President Donald Trump to consider ‘Duty Free Quota Free’ (DFQF) access to the US market to help the country ship more goods there. Bangladesh Ambassador to the US, Mohammad Ziauddin, made the plea during a meeting with US Republican Senator Roger Wicker in Washington DC last week. He requested the US Government to consider DFQF access of all Least Developed Countries’ products to the […]

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Plan of Border Tax threatens Bangladesh garment exports to US

Exports from Bangladesh, particularly of garment items, will face problems in the US market if President Donald Trump, implements his Plan of Border Tax. It’s worth recalling that during his 17-month presidential campaign, Trump called for imposing border tax somewhere between 35 per cent and 45 per cent on imports of goods to protect American jobs from foreign competition. The “border-adjusted” clause would make tax imported goods substantially more expensive than they are now and […]

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