ILO calls for political commitment

The tripartite partners (government, employers and workers) on Saturday announced a package of short and mid-term action plan to improve the workplace condition and safety of the workers in readymade garment sector.

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, deputy director general of International Labour Organisation (ILO), who was present at a press conference at the foreign ministry in Dhaka, called for political commitment and immediate action to implement the tripartite partners’ decisions.

Click here to read joint statement issued by the tripartite partners at the conclusion of the ILO’s high-level mission sent to Dhaka following the Rana Plaza collapse.

 

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He hoped the international brands would continue to do their business with Bangladesh and would not boycott Bangladeshi garments.

Boycott is not the solution, he added.

The press conference was addressed by Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, Gilbert Fossoun, Labour and Employment Secretary Mikail Shipar, BGMEA President Atiqul Islam, labour leader Shukur Mahmud and UNDP representatives.

EU and US ambassadors, Canadian high commissioner, other foreign diplomats and representatives of different foreign missions in Bangladesh also attended the press conference.