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BGMEA tourge the brands to give a two-year time to complete corrective measures

imagesAfter order withdrawal by different Western brands, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has decided to send letters to the Accord and Alliance asking for taking steps against such cancellation by their signatories.

BGMEA vice president Shahidullah Azim said they would urge the brands to give a two-year time to complete corrective measures take in the garment sector.

“We will send letters to Accord and Alliance not to pull out any order from the factories in next two years,”he told the Dhaka Tribune.

A group of 150 European retailers and brands are the signatories of Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh while Alliance for Workers Safety in Bangladesh has 27 North American  retailers. The cases showed orders were withdrawn mainly from the shared buildings which could be presumed flawed.

“But if orders continue to be pulled out, thousands may lose jobs,” said Shahidullah Azim.

BGMEA sources said orders pull-out from Accord signatories is more than from the Alliance brands. “But no brands were supposed to take any such step until completion of current initiative of renovation or retrofitting the factory buildings,??? said a readymade garment exporter preferring not to be named.

“We are ready to shift factories from the weak buildings or retrofit. But they (the brands) are not giving us enough time to do that. If it continues, shut-down will be the only option,” he alleged.

A high official of Accord said they were considering the complaints of order withdrawal.

 “We have received complaints of withdrawing orders from the factories housed in shared buildings. We will see the matter,??? said Rob Wayss, executive director of Accord (Bangladesh Operation). However, Alliance said they had not received any such complaints from the owners.

“We got no order withdrawal complaints from the factory owners yet,??? M Rabin, managing director of Alliance, told the Dhaka Tribune.

He added they would see the issue if there were complaints from factory owners. “It’s a matter of buyers and supplies,??? Rabin said.

The issue of fire and building safety came under the spotlight last year, following the Rana Plaza collapse that killed over 1,100 workers.

After the disaster, the retailers’ platforms made a commitment to provide financial and technical supports to improve fire and building safety standard of RMG factories in Bangladesh, from which they source products.

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Report: Ibrahim Hossain Ovi
Source: Dhaka Tribune

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