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Bangladesh Police fear workers’ unrest in 598 RMG units

The police of industrial zone of Bangladesh have reportedly expressed fear of possible protests by garment workers pertaining to wages and bonus in 598 factories in Dhaka’s Ashulia, Savar and Tongi areas. The protests might brew if the garment factory owners fail to pay workers’ wages before Eid-ul-Fitr, the industrial police said this in a report submitted to Ministry of Home Affairs recently. Also Read – Bangladesh RMG workers’ unrest fears retailers Following the report, […]

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B’desh banks to work on weekend to disburse Eid bonus, wages

Bangladesh Bank (BB) has reportedly asked all commercial banks in the country to keep their respective branches in industrial areas of Dhaka, Ashulia, Tongi, Gazipur, Savar, Bhaluka, Narayanganj and Chittagong open this weekend (June 23 and 24) to facilitate payment of wages of the garment workers ahead of the holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. The Department of Off-site Supervision (DOS) of the country’s central reportedly issued a circular on Tuesday asking all the CEOs of the […]

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Bangladesh to be top cotton importer in 2017-18

According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bangladesh, the largest cotton importer in world, has been projected to remain the top importing country of cotton in 2017-18 as well. The country is expected to import 1.52 million tonnes of cotton in the next season, set to begin from August 1. In the current season, cotton import by Bangladesh is expected to reach around 1.36 million tonnes. The report further states that Vietnam will retain […]

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B’desh Home Minister asks for early release of wages, Eid bonus

Close on heels of workers’ unions in Bangladesh demanding disbursement of festival allowance and wages for the month of June by the 22nd day of the holy month of Ramadan, Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has now reportedly asked the readymade garment manufacturers to clear wages, Eid bonus and arrears of the garment workers before the ensuing festival holidays, starting as early as June 22 in phases. The Minister made appeal after holding a meeting […]

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Swedish firms keen to invest in Bangladesh garment industry

Two leading Swedish companies, namely Investor AB and ABB Sweden, have reportedly expressed their keen interest to work for the development of Bangladesh’s readymade garment industry alongside the power sector. The Swedish entities mentioned this when the President and Vice President of Investor AB and CEO of ABB Sweden separately called upon Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is there on official visit. Investor AB is a Swedish investment company, founded in 1916 and controlled […]

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Labour unions in B’desh demand wage, bonus by June 18

The rights groups in Bangladesh working for workers’ welfare have demanded that festival allowance and wage for the month of June should be disbursed by the 22nd day of the holy month of Ramadan (June 18) for the workers of the country’s garment industry, along with those working in shops, hotels and restaurants. National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) and National Shop Employees Federation (NSEF) made this demand at a press conference held at Dhaka Reporters […]

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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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35% Hazaribagh tanneries relocate to Savar

Almost 35 per cent of tanneries have been shifted from Hazaribagh to Savar Tannery Estate, reportedly stated Bangladesh Minister of Industries Amir Hossain Amu in the Parliament recently. “Out of 154 tanneries that have plots at Savar Tannery Estate, 55 tanneries have started producing wet blue leather at Savar from May 31, 2017. Some more tanneries will soon begin production there,” Amu said in reply to a query from a Member of Parliament (MP). Also […]

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Sluggish garment industry impacts Bangladesh’s export earnings

Drop in global demand for readymade garments has slowed down the rate of export earning of Bangladesh as well in the last fiscal year, revealed a recent data from Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). Although Bangladesh’s overall export earnings rose 3.67 per cent in the first eleven months of FY 2016-17 to hit US $ 31.79 billion-mark, the growth rate dropped to 1.39 per cent as the country only managed to earn US $ 3.07 billion […]

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BGMEA to provide food support to garment workers

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said it would initiate a move to provide food support to the workers engaged in the country’s various readymade garment manufacturing factories. President of BGMEA Siddiqur Rahman made this promise at a discussion arranged by the Bangladesh Textile Garment Workers’ Federation at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Friday after it reiterated four-point demand, which includes food support, healthcare, housing, and education facilities for the garment workers and their […]

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Bangladesh RMG workers to get Eid bonus by June 16

Workers in Bangladesh garment industry are expected to get their festival (Eid) bonus by June 16. This has been announced by Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA). “The workers will get their bonus by 20th Ramadan, which falls on June 16, and we will launch our monitoring cell as in the previous year to avert any untoward incidents,” reportedly said BGMEA Vice President Mohammed Nasir, who further added, “The wages for the month of […]

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Bangladesh’s garment factories breach standards for work-hours: Study

While some of the core labour standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO) are being followed by garment factories in Bangladesh, the non-core standards for minimum work-hours and safety at the workplace are not correctly practised, states the study conducted by German-based Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS). The study was done between October 2016 and May 2017 by interviewing unionists and workers and the findings of the study were revealed at […]

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Garment workers in Bangladesh fall sick as temperature soars

Bangladesh, the apparel manufacturing hub, noted a wave of panic when hundreds of garment workers fell ill. Around 18 factories were shut down after 30,000 workers left in the middle of their shifts as some of their fellow workers lost consciousness due to the soaring temperature in the country. The workers were then rushed to Shareef General Hospital in Gazipur where they were given saline and first aid, and were released within an hour. “490 […]

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Baraka Power buys Bela Fashions to venture into garmenting business

Bangladesh-based Baraka Power has acquired an export-oriented woven garment factory Bela Fashions to venture into garment business. The deal has been finalized by Baraka Power for BDT 30 crore. This has been disclosed in a statement issued by the company. The production capacity of the said factory is 10-line (woven tops). The project will be financed at 70:30 debt-equity ratio where Baraka Power has taken 51 per cent equity. The estimated average net earnings (based […]

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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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