Alliance for Bangladesh Workers Safety has reported the completion of 72 per cent of the required repairs almost four years since the collapse of Rana Plaza. Of the repairs completed, 64 per cent were high priority.
It has suspended 142 factories for failing to make adequate progress on remediation, while 71 factories have completed their Corrective Action Plans.
In 2014, it started new training programme that taught almost 1.3 million workers how to protect themselves in case of emergency. It has retrained 85 per cent of the Alliance workforce to ensure that new employees are covered and that the skills are up to date.
Also, its confidential hotline, Amader Kotha, is available 24 hours a day and has received more than 125,000 calls to date on issues ranging from wage disputes to concerns about structural safety.
Another step ahead, formation of 140 safety committees in its approved factories has facilitated more open dialogue between workers and factory management.
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James Moriarty, Country Director, Alliance is expecting the number of completions to more than double within the next few months. He also confirmed that no workers have died at an Alliance-compliant factory since remediation work began. “There is no question, however, that much work lies ahead for the Alliance over the next 15 months. Achieving completion of high-priority repairs – and investing in workers through the helpline, our safety re-training and the development of safety committees – all remain our laser focus,” said James.
Formed in 2013 to improve safety in Bangladeshi ready-made garment factories, the Alliance covers 676 active factories with around 1.2 million workers.