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Reform in RMG sector faces political obstacles

Reform measures aimed at improving conditions in the troubled Bangladesh garment industry face new obstacles as political upheaval takes hold in advance of national elections. The announcement on Monday that the 10th parliamentary election would take place on Jan. 5 set off a series of disturbances on Tuesday, including a 71-hour strike and shutdown of road, rail and sea transportation, and the expectation of more delays in shipments and other disruptions for businesses. violance BDDiss...

Canadian firms asked to sign binding safety agreement

Kalpona Akter, the executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity (BCWS), an advocacy organization for workers' rights has asked The Bay and the other Canadian firms to sign binding safety agreement. Kalpona, who escaped a factory fire in the Bangladesh garment factory in 1990, is now in Vancouver this week to speak at a rally outside the downtown Hudson's Bay department store on Nov. 25, calling on the The Bay and other Canadian companies to sign the agreement that will, Kalpona said, save many lives. At 12-years-old, Kalpona Akter was uncritically fond of her employers at the garment factory near her hometown, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She and her 10-year-old brother worked long, dirty shifts at the factory; the two children were the only source of income for a seven...

UK Parliamentary Group releases report on RMG

The All Party UK  Parliamentary Group (APPG), chaired by Anne Main, has released a report “After Rana Plaza: 2013” on the readymade garment (RMG) industry in Bangladesh. The report is the result of six months of research into the causes of, and circumstances surrounding, the RanaPlaza collapse, conducted by the six-member APPG fact-finding mission in Bangladesh, which interviewed and discussed policy recommendations with stakeholders from the Bangladesh garment indsutry. Relatives mourn as they show a picture of a garment worker, who is believed to be trapped under the

Labour unrest nothing but a conspiracy to destroy RMG sector

The leaders of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) said, the recent labour unrest in Readymade Garment (RMG) sector is nothing but a conspiracy to destroy the country’s leading export sector. They appealed to the government to take all out measures for saving the Readymade Garment (RMG) factories from unruly workers, as it is the property of state. In a meeting with the high up officials of the home ministry on Tuesday, BGMEA leaders along with the leaders of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturer and Exporters Association (BKMEA) said, they were helpless to run the factories. Md Atiqul Islam, President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), led the delegation.

RMG factory owners agree to pay Tk 5,300 wage

Owners of ready-made garment factories on Wednesday night agreed to pay Tk 5,300 in minimum wage for entry-level workers. The announcement came after a meeting of representatives of the garment owners with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban, chief of the apparel trade body said. “Yes, we’ve agreed to the new minimum monthly wage,” M Atiqul Islam, President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) told UNB over phone. rmgHe said it will be decided in a day or two as to from which month the ...

BGMEA director loses cool at meeting on minimum wage

Commerce Secretary and Labour Secretary on Wednesday came under fire when a BGMEA director came down heavily on the government for what she says the government is only focusing on the RMG sector for wage hike. Though the surprised secretaries – Mahbub Ahmed and Mikail Shipar – tried to correct her notion, BGMEA director Vidiya Amrit Khan kept on arguing with her point with support from her some fellow owners, reports UNB. Amrit Khan, also Managing Director of Desh Garments Ltd, raised her finger at both the secretaries and wanted to know why the government should fix the wages for the RMG workers and argued that it should be fixed by the owners. “You (govt) are only focusing on us.”