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BILS organized commemorative discussion meeting on 11 years of Rana Plaza collapse

Trade union and civil society leaders and officials from public and private organizations in a discussion meeting  said that learning from the post-accident experience of the garment sector and using the success of multi-faceted cooperation and compliance at national and international level, other workplaces should also be made safer in the future. For that, it is necessary to enable tripartite structure comprising government, employers and trade unions. This discussion meeting  titled “Achievements and Challenges of Safe Workplaces: Experiences of Post-Rana Plaza Initiatives” was organized by  BILS  on 23 April 2024 at Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia Hall of the National Press Club in the capital.
BILS Secretary General Nazrul Islam Khan delivered welcome address in the discussion meeting, while BILS Chairman Md. Habibur Rahman Shiraz was on the chair. BILS Executive Director Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmed was present at the meeting as Moderator. Among others, BILS Vice Chairman Anwar Hossain, Joint Coordinator of Sramik Karmachari Oikyya Parishad (SKOP) Noor Kutub Alam Mannan, Joint Coordinator of Garment Sramik Sramik Oikyya Parishad-GSCOP Naimul Ahsan Jewell, Industry-All Bangladesh Council-IBC General Secretary Shahidullah Badal, Deputy Director of Fire Service and Civil Defense Md. Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan, Deputy Director of Labour Department Rokhsana Chowdhury, Joint Inspector General of Health and Safety Research Institute Md. Mahfuzur Rahman Bhuiyan, Project Officer of ILO Maurice Lane Brooks, Senior Advisor of GIZ Aminul Islam along with officials of government and non-governmental organizations, representatives of national and international human rights organizations, and leaders of national trade unions  and employers organizations also spoke on this occasion.
The speaker pointed out that the initiative taken to ensure safety in the clothing sector in return for the sacrifice of the killed workers has turned around the garment industry of Bangladesh. The main goal of sustaining this initiative by all parties is to adopt a truly united labour movement and a contemporary program led by that labour movement with all the other collaborators and partners under the national program. They said that industrial relations should be developed by ensuring the rights of workers by empowering trade unions. They emphasized that fire service personnel should be increased and modernized to make it capable of dealing with disasters and in addition, experience from disasters should be used to deal with disasters in the future. Apart from this, they also emphasized on providing services to injured workers through the development of Employment Injury Scheme. The speakers also suggested creating volunteers from within the trade unions to apply the education and training received from the country and abroad in dealing with disasters.