Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Garment workers' safety and rights intertwined: Delaney
Garment workers' safety and rights intertwined: Delaney
29
Apr '14
courtesy: DCCI
courtesy: DCCI
The safety of garment workers and their rights are intertwined, according to Michael J. Delaney, United States Trade Representative (USTR) for South and Central Asia.
 
Mr. Delaney, who was on a visit to Bangladesh for the first round of Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) Council meeting, said the enormous growth of the readymade garment sector holds great promise and provides several opportunities for economic development of Bangladesh.
 
However, Mr. Delaney said, the extraordinary growth of the garment sector in Bangladesh has come with a cost—the lives lost owing to shortcomings in fire and building safety and workers not being able to demand certain basic protections.
 
So, there is a need to ensure that the Bangladesh garment factories are safe and workers are able to exercise their fundamental rights. “We believe worker safety and worker rights are intertwined. When workers are able to exercise their rights to associate, form unions and collectively bargain, they are able to voice their interests effectively and collectively,” said Mr. Delaney at a meeting jointly organized by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham).
 
Mr. Delaney also said that factory owners or investors should be responsible to uphold the laws of Bangladesh. He added that there needs to be some legal reforms to bring Bangladesh’s law into conformity with basic internationals standards.
 
President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Atiqul Islam said that about 5 million people are working in the garment industry in Bangladesh and most of them are women. 
 
He informed that BGMEA is showing zero tolerance in terms of abiding by building code, and demanded duty and quota free access in the US market.
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 2nd May 2016

WB: B’desh can create more jobs with apparel exports

Clothing exports could create more and better jobs in Bangladesh if...

Courtesy: Skechers USA Inc

Apparel/Garments | On 2nd May 2016

Govt okays single brand retail for Skechers

Footwear maker Skechers USA Inc. has secured the government's...

Apparel/Garments | On 2nd May 2016

Amazon to invest more in India

Global e-commerce major Amazon plans to boost investment in its...

Interviews View All

C Kamatchisundaram
Voltas Textile Machinery Division

How the demand for textile machines in India? How is the gap between...

Pierre Wiertz
EDANA

EDANA recently collaborated with ANNA to facilitate free trade between...

Paul Ford
Sciessent

What is the importance of anti microbial solutions in the textile industry ...

Avi Bash

Avi Bash is an Independent Nonwovens Sales & Marketing Consultant with...

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

<b><i>Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

<b><i>The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Pranav Mishra
Huemn

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

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
April 2016

F2F Magazine

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

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


<%@ language="VBScript" %>
feedback
We would love to hear from you about your experience using the new interface. A quick review of yours would help us give you a better experience.
Advanced Search