Bangladesh garment industry

Bangladesh is the world's second-largest apparel exporter behind China. A building collapse in Savar, near the capital of Dhaka, on April 30, 2013, that killed more than 400 people has triggered scrutiny over worker safety and labour conditions in the country.

Charged owners of Bangladesh factory where 112 workers died surrender

The damaged Tazreen garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AP

Two owners of a Bangladesh garment factory where 112 workers died in a fire two years ago have surrendered and sought bail after they were charged with murder.

Monday, 10 February, 2014, 6:35am

At least 10 killed in Bangladesh garment factory fire

Firefighters try to control a fire inside the garment factory in Gazipur. Photo: Reuters

A fire at a garment factory outside Bangladesh’s capital killed at least 10 people and spread to other buildings, fire officials said.

Ten bodies were found inside the Aswad garment factory in Gazipur outside Dhaka, said fire official Zafar Ahmed. He said several other people were injured while trying to escape from the building on Tuesday night.

9 Oct 2013 - 3:58pm

Bangladesh garment factories agree wage rise, ending protest

Bangladeshi garment workers run as police disperse them during a protest march in Narayanganj, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: AP

Bangladeshi garment factory owners promised on Sunday to raise wages for more than three million workers as soon as a government panel sets a figure, ending a week-long violent protest.

30 Sep 2013 - 2:24am

Bangladeshi workers' pay protest enters third day; factories ablaze

Workers set fire to a bench while blocking a street. Photo: Reuters

Angry Bangladeshi garment workers blocked roads, set factories alight and clashed with police for a third day yesterday as protests demanding a minimum monthly wage of 8,000 taka, equivalent to US$100, spread outside the capital.

24 Sep 2013 - 2:31am

Safe garment factories still a luxury in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi woman workprepares material

In the weeks since the Rana Plaza collapse killed more than 1,100 workers, at least five different Bangladesh agencies have sent teams to begin inspecting the estimated 5,600 factories that make up the nation's US$20 billion garment industry.

30 Jul 2013 - 4:49am

US blundering in Bangladesh

The remains of a garment factory in Dhaka after a fire in January. Photo: Reuters

Not for the first time, I have to wonder at the clumsiness and the lack of sensible, let alone sensitive, policies by the administration of President Barack Obama. Last month the US announced what was supposed to be an important suspension of Bangladesh's trade benefits because the country was failing to protect the rights of its workers.

10 Jul 2013 - 4:38am

Bangladesh army hits back at hoax factory rescue claims

Rescuers lift garment worker Reshma from the rubble. Photo: AFP

Bangladesh's army has rejected as "vile" newspaper reports that called the rescue of a textile worker trapped for 17 days in a collapsed garment factory a hoax. A pro-opposition Bangladeshi daily first reported the story last week, branding the rescue of seamstress Reshma fake, and quoting a male colleague as saying she escaped the building with him on the same day it collapsed in April, killing 1,129 people.

3 Jul 2013 - 2:10am

Li & Fung 'doing its best' on factory safety

Li & Fung chief William Fung says he was heartbroken by the fatal fires and other factory disasters in Bangladesh. Photo: Gary Cheung

Global sourcing company Li & Fung is helping the Bangladeshi government enhance the safety of factories which manufacture products for multinationals, but it was up to the authorities to enforce the laws on safety standards, group chairman William Fung Kwok-lun said.

13 Jun 2013 - 6:34am

Barred by Wal-Mart, Bangladeshi clothes suppliers feel left on the shelf

Bangladesh relies on garments for 80 per cent of its exports. The country is second only to China in apparel exports. Photo: AFP

The day after Wal-Mart Stores published Simco's name on its list of banned Bangladesh suppliers, the garment maker learned it had lost an order from US retailer J.C. Penney for 500,000 pairs of pyjamas.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:46am

Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factory workers fall ill

Garment factory workers rest on the floor as they receive intravenous drips after falling sick, on the outskirts of Dhaka. Photo: AFP

About 450 garment workers fell ill during their shifts at a sweater factory near Bangladesh’s capital, and authorities said on Thursday the water supply was suspected.

Investigators from the government’s health ministry were testing the water at the Starlight Sweater Factory for possible contamination, area civil surgeon Syed Habibullah said.

6 Jun 2013 - 1:18pm

Li & Fung lays out US$10m on fire safeguards

Chief Bruce Rockowitz says Li & Fung is not leaving Bangladesh.

The blaze last year that killed more than a hundred factory workers in Bangladesh has prompted Li & Fung to spend US$10 million upgrade the firefighting equipment in the Bangladeshi factories that make clothing for the firm.

15 May 2013 - 4:01am

Scores of factories at Bangladesh textile hub shut amid unrest

A young female garment worker meets with the media at a hospital in Savar, Dhaka. Rescuers found Reshma clinging to life sandwiched between two floors of the collapsed eight-storey building. Photo: Xinhua

Hundreds of factories which form the hub of Bangladesh's garment industry are to close indefinitely after worker unrest sparked by the death of more than 1,100 colleagues, employees announced yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 4:06am

Bangladesh army to end search for disaster bodies

A Bangladeshi rescuer stands amid the rubble of a garment factory building that collapsed on April 24 as they continue searching for bodies in Savar, near Dhaka, on Sunday. Photo: AP

Bangladesh’s army announced on Monday that it was wrapping up its search for bodies following last month’s collapse of a garment factory complex, saying that it now believed a total of 1,127 people were killed.

14 May 2013 - 2:01am

Bangladesh toll passes 1,000 as stacks of bodies found

A woman cries as she waits for news of her relative, a garment worker who is still missing, after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka. Photo: Reuters

The death toll from last month’s collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh rose past 1,000 on Friday as piles of bodies were found in the ruins of a stairwell where victims had sought shelter.

10 May 2013 - 2:48pm

Bangladesh factory death toll passes 800

A woman cries holding the photo of her missing daughter on the thirteenth day of the Rana Plaza building collapse, in Savar, Dhaka, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

The death toll from Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster passed 800 on Wednesday as rescuers pulled dozens more bodies from the rubble of a nine-storey building that collapsed outside Dhaka last month.

8 May 2013 - 8:00pm