As per a latest report, Bangladesh is not yet ready to take care of inspection and safety related issues in the garment industry.
The report was jointly released by Clean Clothes Campaign, International Labor Rights Forum, Maquila Solidarity Network and Worker Rights Consortium.
The report stresses on enhancing the stay of Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety which oversees 1,688 garment factories in Bangladesh.
Notably, Accord is a legally-binding pact signed by 200 fashion companies following the Rana Plaza building collapse, when 1100 garment factory workers died.
The Accord was signed in May 2013. It is a five-year pact designed to build a safe and healthy Bangladesh garment industry.
In 2018, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh ordered the Accord to leave the country, claiming that the Remediation Coordination Cell, a national regulatory body, will be taking over their responsibilities.
However, Accord appealed against the decision, and a hearing to decide on its fate is scheduled for April 7, 2019.
As said by the report, the Bangladesh Government ‘shows a shocking level of unreadiness’.
It added that 745 garment factories under the Government’s inspection programme are yet to reduce high-risk safety hazards including lockable exit ways, exposed electrical wiring, be deficient in adequate fire alarm systems and so on…
Also, Accord classified 114 garment factories as “critically unsafe”, but today “50 percent of these facilities are operating again under the Government’s inspection programme.
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