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India ratifies two ILO conventions on child labour

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave formal consent to two core conventions of International Labour Organisation (ILO) on child labour, a global commitment to end the worst form of child labour and to ensure minimum basic education for children. The Instruments of Ratification to the ILO was handed over by Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. The move has been welcomed by the ILO and termed it as “great progress” against child […]

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ILO for labour unions’ freedom in Bangladesh

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has reportedly called upon the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that the draft of the proposed Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Labour Act 2016 allows freedom of associations of the workers. The suggestion was reportedly placed on Sunday, following statements made by the Bangladesh Government representatives and subsequent discussions at the 106th International Labour Conference- the ILO’s annual convention, held in Geneva between June 5 and 16. The committee reportedly said […]

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EU again warns B’desh on RMG workers’ exploitation

Taking cognizance of the alleged workers’ exploitation in the readymade garment industry of Bangladesh, the European Union (EU) has reportedly once again warned it against the same and called upon the Government to step up its efforts in preventing workers’ exploitation, mainly to sustain the privileged market access to Europe under the Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP) system that it currently enjoys. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), in a resolution adopted on Wednesday reportedly […]

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India’s AEPC partners with ILO to promote good practices in garment industry

India’s Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) in association with the International Labor Organization (ILO) has framed a manual for Indian apparel exporters. The idea behind this is to foster a better understanding of potential good practices in the apparel supply chain. The AEPC developed a user-friendly good practices manual for small, medium and large firms after considering feasibility of bringing these norms in Indian units. Current practices in apparel factories in clusters like Tirupur, Jaipur, […]

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Sustainability Compact calls for a safer garment industry in Bangladesh

Sustainability Compact on Readymade Garment and Knitwear Industry in Bangladesh, rolled out in 2013 after the Rana Plaza building collapse, held its third meeting last week. A joint conclusion has been issued by the Compact members: Bangladesh Government, the European Union, the US, Canada and International Labour Organization (ILO). The ‘Joint Conclusion’  issued by the partners would be served as “a set of commitments and priorities” for ensuing respect for labour rights, occupational safety and […]

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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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