RMG right groups demand workplace safety

Staff Correspondent

Garment worker rights bodies on Saturday urged the government to take steps for ensuring safety of the workers at their work places in the garment sector.
National Garment Workers Federation and Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation made the demand at a joint press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity to mark international day of action to end death-traps observed worldwide on the day.
National Garment Workers Federation president Amirul Haque Amin said that safety of the workers at their workplaces was being ignored for a long time.
The collapse of Rana Plaza that killed more than 1,100 workers and the fire at Tazreen Fashion proved that safety of the workers was continued to be ignored, he said.
The issue of ensuring safety at workplaces should be met by the joint efforts of the garment factory owners, government and the buyers, Amirul said.
Referring the suspension of Generalised System Preferences for Bangladeshi products, he said that the issue of safety of the workers was considered by the United States.
Garment and Industrial Workers Federation president Mohammad Abbul Akter and general secretary Aleya Akter, among others, were present at the press conference.

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