Inspections at Bangladeshi factories supplying garments to retail giant Wal-Mart Stores found that more than 30 posed a safety risk – but most have since made improvements.
The minimum wage for millions of garment workers in Bangladesh will rise to about $68 a month – an increase of 76% on current pay but well below the level that workers have been seeking.
Government officials, manufacturers and union leaders meeting in Bangladesh failed to agree on a rise in the minimum wage for garment workers.
The Better Work program is part of a wider $24.21 million package aimed at improving working conditions in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment sector.
The safety of Bangladesh’s textile and garment industry has been called into question again today (9 October) after at least seven people were killed in a fire at a fabric factory at Sreepur in the district of Gazipur, around 40km north of Dhaka.
A McKinsey & Co. study says Bangladesh’s advantages in low cost and convenience will ensure that its apparel sector keeps growing.
Making Bangladeshi garment factories safe would add 10 cents to the cost of each garment shipped over the next five years.
With talks due to take place in Geneva, Switzerland next week to try to agree compensation payments for the victims and survivors of the Tazreen Fashion fire and Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, pressure is mounting on brands and retailers that sourced from the two facilities to reach a consensus. The meetings on September […]
Inspections begin next month on at least 2,000 garment factories in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh’s garment exporters have shrugged off political turmoil and a series of deadly industrial accidents to grow shipments by nearly 13% in the outgoing fiscal year.