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(MENAFN -Arab News) DHAKA: Several thousand Bangladeshi garment workers have lost their jobs after their factory was discovered with serious safety problems and shut down, officials said Monday

The factory was among hundreds, where workers stitch clothes for Western retailers, targeted by safety experts for inspection in the wake of Rana Plaza building collapse last year that killed 1,135 people

The team of experts ordered the evacuation of six floors of two adjoining buildings housing clothing firms Softex and Fame Knitting after the inspection last week which discovered serious structural flaws

Softex, a sweater maker and a supplier to French retailer Auchan, shut down immediately, laying off all 3,500 workers, saying ?it was risky to continue operations.

?I know what has happened to the workers is unfair. But the inspectors told me that the building has serious structural problems and asked us to evacuate the floors,? Softex chief executive officer Rezwan Seilm told AFP

Seilm said he was ?desperately trying? to pay three months worth of wages to the workers from the factory in Mirpur in the northern suburb of Dhaka

Fame, employing about 2,500 workers, also closed for a few days last week after engineers involved in the inspection requested reduced weight on some of the floors, an official said

Unions criticized Softex and Fame for failing to compensate the workers, but a trade group representing garment factories said retailers must shoulder some of the costs

?We?re closing down plants as part of their retailers? suggestions. So they must pay the affected factories to compensate their workers,? said Shahidullah Azim, vice-president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Bangladesh is the world?s second biggest clothing manufacturer and the 22 billion sector is the mainstay of the impoverished South Asian nation?s economy

But the sector has a woeful safety track record, highlighted by the collapse of the Rana Plaza in April last year on the outskirts of the capital, which killed 1,135 people, Bangladesh?s deadliest industrial disaster

The factory was the first to close following the mass inspections organized by dozens of Western retailers such as H&M and Benetton who signed a new safety accord following the tragedy

As part of the accord, the retailers agreed to bankroll the safety inspections and loan the money for upgrades

The head of the inspection team, Rob Wayss, said the factory has not been ordered to close down, but it has been asked strengthen the building?s structural columns

Wayss, who has been appointed by the retailers and global unions to look after factory inspections, said factories located on other floors of the twin-building containing 15 floors in total can continue operations

?We?ve told the factories that they can operate in the remaining floors,? Wayss told AFP. ?We?ve also asked them to strengthen columns of the buildings.?


 


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