:: People’s Time Online ::
Accord and Alliance, the two western buyers’ platforms working to improve workplace safety in the Bangladesh readymade garment sector, will leave Bangladesh at the end of the tenure on May 31, 2018 if the remediation of factory buildings is properly completed.
The platforms reached consensus in this regard during a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed here today.
“Workplace safety has been improved significantly in the country’s RMG sector as no accident like Rana Plaza did take place in the sector during the last few years,” said Tofail Ahmed at the meeting.
Tofail Ahmed said RMG sector is going for green building for RMG factories. There are already 67 green building the in the sector and there will be 280 more buildings for factories, he added.
During the meeting, both the sides decided to constitute a Remediation Coordination Cell with representatives from ILO, BGMEA, global brands and trade unions to oversee workplace safety situation in RMG sector. A steering committee will be formed to run the cell.
Labour and employment minister will watch over the steering committee and the cell. The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a consortium of North American brands and buyers and the Accord is a platform of European brands and buyers. The two platforms started working in Bangladesh after the Rana Plaza accident.
Alliance officials said they will leave Bangladesh after the end of the tenure on May 31, 2018. But the Accord officials said after the end of the tenure they will stay here for 6 more months as a transition period and during those six months, it will act as ‘Transition Alliance’.
During the meeting both sides decided to review the progress of the remediation RMG factory buildings in January 2018. A second review will be made on May 31, 2018. Factory owners had to invest money from Taka 5 crore to Taka 20 crore for remediation of their factory buildings.
The labour and employment ministry will also monitor the activities of some labour organizations so that they cannot act against the interest of the country’s RMG sector. State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Md Siddiqur Rahman, commerce secretary Shubhashish Bose and representatives of Accord and Alliance attended the meeting.