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Bangladesh launches Remediation Coordination Cell

A Remediation Coordination Cell (RCC) has been launched in Bangladesh recently, which according to the UN Labour Agency will take the safety of the country’s readymade garment industry and is reckoned as “a step forward”. Launched in Dhaka, the RCC is supported by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with funding from Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It will focus on managing the remediation process for the garment factories under the Bangladesh Government’s National […]

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ILO teams up with Brazil textile industry to promote decent work

The International Labour Organization (ILO), Brazilian Association of Textile Retail (ABVTEX), Brazilian Association of Textile Industry (Abit), Instituto C&A (the Brazilian office of C&A Foundation), Instituto Lojas Renner and Zara Brazil have announced a partnership to promote decent work in the textile and garment industry of São Paulo, which Brazil’s vibrant financial centre and among the world’s most populous cities. All the bodies will engage in the initiative: “Improving working conditions and management capabilities of […]

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Speculations rife on Accord-BGMEA ‘closed door’ meeting

Amidst conjectures as to the fate of Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety post June 2018 (the due date of expiry of their current tenure) with the Bangladesh Government reportedly in no mood to extend the term further, the recently reported ‘closed door’ meeting between Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) with Accord officials held in Dhaka, has many in the industry wondering on the agenda of […]

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Better Work Bangladesh holds 2nd Stakeholder and Buyer Forum

About 300 national and international garment sector representatives, including partners from the Government, employers’ associations, unions, as well as 80 members from international fashion brands, attended the recently held second Better Work Bangladesh Stakeholder and Buyer Forum to explore the progress made by the programme in the country. Louis Vanegas, Programme Manager, Better Work Bangladesh said, “We are here to unite diverse stakeholders, promote decent work for all and help the garment industry in Bangladesh […]

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Radio-based campaign to address OSH issues of Bangladesh RMG workers

Initiated by the Labour and Employment Ministry and Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE), in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a radio-based campaign titled ‘Safe Workplaces, Go Ahead Bangladesh’ has been launched to raise awareness on basic Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues in the apparel sector in Bangladesh. “Efforts to improve workplace safety remain the highest priority for the Bangladesh Government. This campaign will reach out to garment workers to […]

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EU delegation praises safety efforts of Bangladesh RMG sector

A four-member delegation of European Parliament expressed satisfaction over safety efforts carried out by Bangladesh in the readymade garment (RMG) industry. The visit and subsequent praise has come ahead of the May 18 review of the Sustainability Compact which was rolled out after the Rana Plaza tragedy in 2013, and the June annual International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to be held in Geneva. “We found very positive development, and we’ll go […]

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Cambodian Commerce Minister for high-value-added investment in RMG sector

Cambodian Minister of Commerce, H.E. Pan Sorasak, has requested International Labour Organisation (ILO) to encourage high-value-added investment in the garment sector and boost for more orders of renowned branded products from Cambodia. According to the news release by Ministry of Commerce, Sorasak made the request during his meeting with Maurizio Bussi, Officer In-Charge of ILO’s Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR in Phnom Penh. He also spoke of the support and cooperation provided […]

March 23, 2017

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Explosion at Chinese garment factory in Cambodia claims one life

One person died and several others sustained injuries in an explosion at a China-owned garment factory located in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmey, Cambodia. The accident took place after a steam generator kept in the premises of Zhen Tai Garment that makes jeans for US brand Levi’s, exploded, and its part flung into air and later fell on group of people who were having lunch. The machine, which exploded, is used in the final […]

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Vietnam ready for an ‘automatic’ shift in technology

The Vietnam industry is moving to imbibe greater automation, compelling machine manufacturers to beeline for the country hoping to get a bigger share of the growing business. Among the growing number of such machine providers are many Chinese companies like Euromac, MAQI, Ngai Shing and Hikari. According to a recent report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), as many as 86 per cent of workers in the garment-textiles and leather-footwear industries worldwide may face unemployment […]

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ILO confirms forced labour in Uzbek cotton industry

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has confirmed forced labour in Uzbekistan during 2016 cotton harvest season. The ILO found that “sustainable elimination of the risk of child and forced labour remains a prominent issue” in Uzbekistan. The ILO report adds that out of total 2.8 million cotton pickers involved in annual cotton harvest one third of them were “non-voluntary”.   The figure is in line with Cotton Campaign estimates of the size of the population […]

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Bangladesh’s MK Sweaters to install 40 SHIMA SEIKI machines

MK Sweaters, a Bangladesh-based export house set up in 2003 by Md. Salim Rana, Chairman and Russell Rana, Executive Director of the company, has created unique blends of spandex, acrylic and nylon fabric blend to differentiate the products. The company has 1,100 hand flat knitting machines with a monthly capacity of 50,000 to 60,000 finished products/sweaters at two factories, MK Sweaters and Fashions Designs. Currently, one of the biggest issues affecting growth at MK Sweaters […]

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Brexit to impact Cambodian apparel export sector

Brexit, a short expression for Britain’s Exit from European Union, was the referendum of the United Kingdom on its continuity as a member of EU, where 48.1 per cent voting to remain and 51.9 per cent winning the leave. And, according to the ILO (International Labour Organization) this is going to hurt the garment export sector of Cambodia as Europe has been its No. 1 garment export market since 2014, with the UK, in particular, […]

January 21, 2017

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Robots to replace workers in Vietnam apparel industry: Study

With the growing technology movement in Vietnam, millions of workers in the textile and apparel sector of the country are expected to get affected in a big way, according to a survey by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam on labour market trends. To ensure jobs, not only the State and enterprises, but also the workers themselves have to improve their skills to adapt, the study adds. Nguyen Thien Ly, Deputy General Director, […]

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Robots, a mighty challenge for Vietnamese garment workers

According to a recent report released by International Labour organization (ILO), workers in Vietnam’s two major and growing production sectors – garments and electronics – are at risk. The study found that 86 per cent of garment workers are facing increased automation and could be replaced by robots in the coming decades. The two sectors provide the country’s key exports and account for around 40 per cent of the nation’s manufacturing jobs, but productivity and the application […]

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Development partners intend to continue Bangladesh RMG sector support

Even as ‘Improving Working Conditions in the Bangladesh Readymade Garment Sector Programme’ implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and funded by Canada, Netherlands and United Kingdom is coming to an end in June 2017, representatives of the Governments of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the UK along with ILO recently signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) to continue efforts to improve conditions in the Bangladesh readymade garment industry. Also Read – ILO launches project on workplace relations in […]

December 14, 2016

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