On the anniversary of the Spectrum Sweater factory collapse, the Brussels-based International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF), the Global Union representing workers in the sector, urged the Bangladesh government to take immediate measures to protect the safety of workers in the ready-made garments sector, Fibre2Fashion reported last week.
In a letter to the Bangladesh prime minister, ITGLWF General Secretary Neil Kearney expressed concern at the country’s appalling safety record, the news site reported.
“Earlier this year four appalling accidents occurred in the space of only two weeks,” he was reported as saying.
He continued, citing the 61 workers killed on February 23, 22 killed on February 25, many injured the same day in another incident and three killed on March 6.
“What makes these accidents even more painful is that they could have been prevented by safe working practices,” Kearney continued.
”A total review of existing legislation on structural safety, fire safety, heath and safety and general labour rights and its implementation must be undertaken urgently before more lives are lost,” Fibre2Fashion reported Kearney as saying.