E Pluribus Unum - Out of Many, One

Finally, in 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was concluded between the employers` organisation BGMEA and the agreement. We are concerned about this agreement and will continue to monitor progress closely. The German government sponsored a meeting of retailers and NGOs at the beginning of May, and the meeting set a deadline of midnight on 16 May 2013 to sign the agreement. [5] In collaboration with clean Clothes Campaign, Worker Rights Consortium, International Labor Rights Forum and Maquila Solidarity Network, GIZ and IndustriALL (global trade union confederation) have begun to develop a programme that would meet the needs of trade union and NGO representatives. The main objectives of this programme formed the basis for the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, which focused on fire protection after the collapse of the Rhana Plaza plant. On the basis of the security proposals presented above, the agreement was published on 5 May 2013 and H-M officially announced its intention to sign the signature on 13 May 2013. The signing of the agreement by H-M was an important step in encouraging other companies to declare their intention. Many companies have registered by the deadline and have covered more than 1,000 garment factories in Bangladesh. [6] The Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement (the agreement) was signed on 15 May 2013. It is a five-year, independent and legally binding agreement between global brands and retailers and trade unions, which aims to establish a Bangladeshi healthy health ready industry (GMR). The agreement was reached immediately after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building, which left more than 1,100 people dead and more than 2,000 injured.

In June 2013, an implementation plan was adopted, which led to the creation of the Bangladesh Accord Foundation in the Netherlands in October 2013. The initial agreement, signed by UNI and IndustriALL Global Unions with 222 clothing brands, was put into effect in the form of a five-year contract and came into force in the weeks following the collapse of Rana Plaza. When the first agreement expired, the 2018 interim agreement allowed work to continue to improve operational safety. It is expected to continue until 2021. The signatories to the Clean Clothes Agreement must ensure that the programme remains as effective and transparent as it has done so far and that it ensures that it meets its obligations under the binding agreement. The new pact follows Bangladesh`s agreement, a security agreement reached after the building collapse, which killed more than 1,000 workers. Both the government of Bangladesh and the high authorities of the powerful clothing industry have declared their desire to abolish international agreements as soon as possible and have insisted that Bangladesh be ready to control security itself. The agreement is an example of multi-year project-based governance. The Bangladesh Agreement is a legally binding agreement signed by clothing brands and global trade union confederations three weeks after the Rana Plaza disaster on 24 April 2013. It has set up a local organisation to carry out independent safety inspections, transparent sanitation protocols, as well as a worker claims mechanism and training. The 2018 Transitional Key Agreement was signed on 1 July 2018 in order to meet the same objectives as the 2013 agreement and to maintain previous progress. It is also a legally binding agreement between brands and trade unions, and some of the most important features include trademark commitment to ensure that safety rehabilitation is completed and financially feasible, independent safety inspections and recovery programmes.

Inspection reports and corrective action plans will also be made public. Other key features of the agreement are: a safety committee and training programme, a mechanism for health and safety problems, the protection of the right to refuse precarious work and the transition from accord functions to a greater national security oversight authority.


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