The Bangladesh Government has reportedly decided to put in place a time-bound action plan to ensure completion of remediation work of readymade garment manufacturing units that have been inspected under the Government-led and International Labour Organisation-supported initiative by the year 2021.
This was reportedly disclosed by the Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) Md Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan to the media after a workshop on RCC (remediation coordination cell) governance and future of industrial safety unit, in which the Government reportedly adopted proposals to fast-track and complete pending remediation of RMG factories inspected under the national initiative by June, 2021.
“At the workshop we have finalised a time-bound action plan for completing factory remediation, escalation protocol and RCC indicators,” reportedly maintained Bhuiyan.
The workshop further decided to extend the tenure of the RCC from one to three years.
As per the proposal made at the workshop, the RCC would continue up to June, 2021 and after completing factory remediation within the timeframe the cell would evolve into an industrial safety unit, reportedly maintained Bhuyian, further adding that as per court’s directive, Accord and Alliance would have to leave Bangladesh by the year-end following which the Government would take up monitoring of Accord- and Alliance-listed factories.
“Of the factories listed by the platforms, units in which remediation is completed would be transferred to the DIFE and the rest of the units would be referred to the RCC for the next course of action,” underlined the Inspector General of DIFE.
Apart from DIFE, BGMEA, BKMEA, representatives from labour ministry, Fire Service and Civil Defence, Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety amongst others reportedly attended the workshop.