Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Thousands lose jobs as Bangladesh closes ?unsafe? factory  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 14/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(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.?


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 25 2014 - Gilas Last Home Stand that never wasArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) E fiasco that happened on Tuesday night in what was supposed to be the first of two tune-up matches for Gilas Pilipinas against a crack NBA selection certainly left a bad taste ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Indian Tech Mahindra, Saudi Midad Holding sign dealMENAFN
(MENAFN) Indian IT giant Tech Mahindra Ltd has signed a joint venture with Midad Holding to expand its existence in Saudi Arabia, according to Arabian Business.The JV will be called Tech Mahindra ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Kuwait's Jazeera profit falls in H1MENAFN
(MENAFN) Rising fuels costs and forced rerouting of flights due to unrest in the Middle East affected the net profits of Kuwait's Jazeera Airways Group in the first half of 2014, according to Arabian ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Dubai's R&B launches two stores in SaudiMENAFN
(MENAFN) The Dubai-based giant Apparel Group's fashion arm R&B, most recognized for its exciting portfolio of international fashion and accessories brands, plans to open two stores in Dhahran and ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Adam Levine offers Knightley recording dealKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dam has just started a label called 222 Records and has been trying to persuade Keira to sign a deal with him the source added.Photo: AgenciesKeira Knightley has been ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Beyonce Jay Z started to go their separate waysKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) E source also added that the tour will be the last for Jay Z 44 and Beyonce 32 after marriage counsellors failed to help them get their relationship back on track.Photo: ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Casablanca piano up for sale in New York in NovemberKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Lsons character Sam first played the song on the piano for Bogarts character Rick and Bergmans Ilsa when they fell in love in Paris as Nazi troops advanced on the French ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Im very old-fashioned: BhagyashreeKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ine Pyar Kiyas Bhagyashree indulges in a bit of nostalgia as she talks up her new TV series Supplied photoThe lovely and seemingly ageless Bhagyashree is probably best known ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Daily probiotics may regulate blood pressureKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Ring the study researchers analysed results of nine high-quality studies examining blood pressure and probiotic consumption in 543 adults with normal and elevated blood ...

 Jul 25 2014 - Al-Athr showcases abstract and geometry inspired works of artArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Ddah's Al-Athr Gallery is hosting the abstract and geometry inspired work of 40 local and international artists until Oct. 10.The gallery opened its door in 2009 and has already ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help