Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / More needs to be done for Bangladesh RMG workers: EU Envoy
More needs to be done for Bangladesh RMG workers: EU Envoy
11
Mar '14
Although a few changes are happening, a lot more needs to be done to improve rights and workplace safety of readymade garment (RMG) workers in Bangladesh, William Hanna, EU’s Ambassador to Bangladesh, has said.
 
The Ambassador was speaking to media persons after attending a programme “Lives beyond machines –a reflection on priorities for women in the RMG sector” organised by CARE Bangladesh.
 
Mr. Hanna said that Bangladesh has taken several initiatives, including the labour law amendment, hike in minimum wages, relaxation in rules to allow workers to form trade unions in factories, but all these need to be properly implemented.
 
He mentioned that progress in terms of free association of workers, payment of compensation to the Rana Plaza victims and implementation of minimum wages is not satisfactory.
 
He informed that the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, a forum of 150 retailers, mostly European, will inspect around 1,600 garment units and the factory owners will have to rectify the flaws identified by the inspectors, and factories must be shut in case of major irregularities.
 
Earlier, addressing the CARE Bangladesh event, organized as part of its project Solidarity and Empowerment through Education, Motivation and Awareness (SEEMA) funded by the EU, Mr. Hanna said women working in garment manufacturing units should be safe at their workplaces, free from harassment, and they should also be paid well.
 
Laying emphasis on training for young girls, Mr. Hanna said better training would secure than better job and better earnings.
 
Christine Hunter, UN Women Country Representative, said women in Bangladesh’s clothing industry contribute immensely to their national economy, but the country has failed to meet on of the Millennium Development Goals – decent work for women.
 
Around 80 percent of the people employed in Bangladesh’s garment industry are women, according to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
 
During July-February 2013-14, Bangladesh’s garment exports grew by 16.68 percent year-on-year to US$ 16.138 billion, as per data from the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Messe Frankfurt

Textiles | On 24th Mar 2017

Over 3341 exhibitors participate in Intertextile Shanghai

More than 3,341 exhibitors from 26 countries and regions participated ...

Courtesy: Bebe

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Mar 2017

Bebe Stores exploring strategic alternatives

Bebe Stores has announced that its board of directors is exploring...

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Mar 2017

Tiruppur garment cluster hopeful of meeting export target

The Tirupur garment cluster is hopeful of meeting its target of...

Interviews View All

Ghanshyam Ghoghari
Kimora Fashion

Bridalwear is not about reds and whites anymore

Nitin Bhatia
Trend Arrest

Setting up a brand for online selling is easy, but running the brand is not

Sunil Kumar Sharma
Loknayak JPNSSSG Ltd

'The blend of cotton–linen yarn has high demand in the domestic and...

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
March 2017

March 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search