Repercussions of the Rana Plaza Disaster in Dhaka

Topics: Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh, International Labour Organization Pages: 10 (1687 words) Published: June 18, 2013

The ILO and the government of Bangladesh to hold a press conference on Rana Plaza disaster DHAKA – The International Labour Office (ILO) and the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh will hold a joint press conference on the Rana Plaza disaster.

Mr Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Deputy Director General of Field Operation and Partnership, ILO, has been leading a high-level ILO mission to Bangladesh to offer the organization’s sympathy and condolence to the victims and to expedite action by all parties in the aftermath of the tragedy. His mission programme included meetings with the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, the Hon’ble Minister of Labour and Employment, Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Md. Israfil Alam MP, the Secretary of Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr Mikail Shipar and representatives of Bangladesh’s workers’ and employers’ organizations.

The press conference is expected to be attended by the Ambassadors of the USA and Canada, the Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh as well as partners, employers' and workers' organizations.

The press conference will be held at 15.00 hrs. on Saturday 4 May 2013, at the conference hall, Minister of Foreign Affairs, (Tel : 029859991/9841787-92).

Workplace safety

ILO sends high-level mission to Bangladesh following the Rana Plaza Building collapse

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says it is time for horror and regret to translate into urgent action.

Press release | 29 April 2013

GENEVA – The International Labour Organization (ILO) has sent a high-level mission to Bangladesh to offer its support and expedite action by all parties following the collapse of the Rana Plaza Building in Savar, which left at least 380 people dead.

The high-level mission is led by ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations, Gilbert Houngbo.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said he was writing to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, urging immediate action to prevent a recurrence of the latest in a series of entirely avoidable workplace tragedies.

“Horror and regret must translate into urgent firm action,” said Ryder. “Action now can prevent further tragedy. Inaction would mean that the next tragedy is simply a matter of time. The ILO urges the Government of Bangladesh and its employers and trade unions to make use of its support and ensure that the Rana Plaza tragedy is the last of its kind.”

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The ILO said a comprehensive programme must include: dealing with unsound factories, including through relocation and infrastructure improvement; establishing credible labour inspection; high-level political commitment to enforcement of laws and regulations; encouragement of social dialogue on safety and health; and the adoption of labour legislation guaranteeing effectively inter alia rights of organization and collective bargaining in line with ILO standards.

The ILO has expressed its deep sadness at the horrific loss of life and injuries caused by the collapse of the building on April 24 and its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved families.

For more information please contact the Department of Communication and Public Information at or +4122/799-7912.

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