• Malaysia Airlines flight went missing
  • Ukraine braces for new demos as Russia threatens gas supply
  • No Bangladeshi on missing Malaysian plane
  • 20 hurt as picnic bus overturned in Patuakhali
  • RMG workers’ demo halts traffic at Mirpur
  • US student turned porn star breaking no rules: college
  • Pakistani actress Sana Khan dies in car accident
  • Malaysian plane crashed off Vietnam coast
  • Prime minister for egalitarian society, women’s dignity
  • Malaysia Airlines denies crash report, says plane still missing
  • BNP slams police obstruction of Mohila Dal rally
  • 2 BGB men lost way, returned home Saturday
  • Alam's maiden hundred lifts Pakistan to 260-5
  • President asks police to work upholding human rights
  • B Chy hits back at PM for remarks on his meeting with Khaleda
  • Oil slicks seen near where airliner vanished: Vietnam
  • Another Sonali bank heist; this time in Bogra
  • Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to win Asia Cup
HOME  BUSINESS
  
Print Friendly and PDF

Production at two RMG factories halted as Accord finds faults

Staff Correspondent

Production at the two garment factories where Accord, the EU retailers’ platform, found severe faults, have been suspended.
Structural inspectors of the Accord detected major structural faults in the building of Hazi Kujrat Ali Mollah Super Market at Pallabi in the city that housed the garment factories — Softex and Fame Sweater.
After finding out the faults the Accord on Wednesday expressed its concern for the safety of the workers and asked the factory owners to evacuate the building immediately.
At the same time the Accord placed its inspection reports to the review panel of factory inspections.
The review panel consisting of two engineers from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, one engineer from Accord and one engineer from Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a platform of North American retailers, a representative of garment factory owners and the chief inspector of factory and establishment discussed the issue at a meeting on Thursday.
The review panel asked the factory authorities to suspend production and gave long-term and short-term corrective action plan.
A member of the review panel told New Age that the committee asked the authorities of Softex and Fame Sweater to minimise the load of their floor within four days.
After minimising load the Fame Sweater could run its operation, but to run Softex long-term corrective action plan will have to implemented, he said.
The operation of Softex will remain closed up to retrofitting and the process might take time for three months, meeting source said.
The factory owners requested the Accord to arrange the retrofitting cost and the workers wages for an interim period.
The Accord for the first time on March 4 asked to close a factory — Jeans Care Ltd — due to safety reasons since the start of its inspection of fire, electrical and building safety in the Bangladesh garment factories from where the retailers under the group procure products. The Accord has so far inspected 50 garment factories after it began inspection on February 18 this year.
Jeans Care Ltd is also housed in a shared building like Softex and Fame Sweater.
After the Rana Plaza building collapse on April 24 last year that killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, the retailers and apparel brands formed Accord.
The consortium announced its action plan including factory inspections, training and worker empowerment and said that it would inspect over 1,600 factories that manufacture products for its retailers.




Reader’s Comment

comments powered by Disqus
   

Sales drop by 8.5pc in July-Jan

Sales of the national savings certificates and bonds dropped by 8.50 per cent in the first seven months of the current financial year 2013-14 compared with that in the same period of the FY13. The savings instruments worth... Full story

Prices of green chilli, onions rise in capital

A file photo shows a vendor arranging green chilli at a market in Dhaka. The prices of green chilli, onion, potato and garlic increased on the retail market in the capital over the week ending Friday due to price hike on the wholesale markets. — New Age photo
The prices of green chilli, onion, potato and garlic increased on the retail market in the capital over the week ending Friday due to price hike on the wholesale markets. Traders said that the wholesalers increased the prices of onion, potato and garlic and the prices of the items... Full story

Production at two RMG factories halted as Accord finds faults

Production at the two garment factories where Accord, the EU retailers’ platform, found severe faults, have been suspended. Structural inspectors of the Accord detected major structural faults in the building of Hazi Kujrat Ali Mollah Super... Full story

Global food prices increase by 2.6pc in February: FAO

Global food prices rose by 2.6 per cent in February in the sharpest climb since mid-2012 due to unfavourable weather, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday, with the crisis in Ukraine threatening to cause future volatility, reports Reuters. Full story

Russia pushes for IMF to move ahead on reforms without US

Russian officials are pushing for the International Monetary Fund to move ahead with planned reforms without the United States, which could mean the loss of the US veto over major decisions at the global lender, sources said. Russian finance minister Anton Siluanov brought... Full story

China ‘land kings’ under threat as tightening takes a toll

The days of Chinese developers snatching up premium properties with record-breaking offers are coming to an end as cooling measures bite and sale prices are squeezed, ending the reign of a handful of ‘land kings’ in the world’s second-largest economy. Full story

Privacy groups ask regulators to halt Facebook’s $19b WhatsApp deal

Privacy advocates have asked US regulators to halt Facebook Inc’s $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp’s 450 million users. Full story

Rupee gains to 3-month high, shares at record on hopes of new govt

The rupee rose to a near three-month high against the dollar on Friday, posting its best week since early December, as heavy foreign buying sent shares to record highs although the currency ended the session with only a slight gain. Nifty and Sensex both hit record highs, after... Full story

Bitcoin not a currency, but taxable: Japan

Bitcoin is not a currency but transactions involving it should be ‘subject to taxation’, Japan’s government said Friday, in a move that could pave the way for formal regulations on the troubled virtual unit. Tokyo also said that banks could not broker... Full story

Dollar stuck in tight range

The dollar moved narrowly against the yen and euro in Asia on Friday as investors await US jobs data later in the day for clues about the state of the world’s largest economy. The US currency fetched 103.00 yen in Tokyo afternoon trade, slightly down... Full story
  • Online Poll


    Do you think that the government has successfully brought back normalcy in public life after the January 5 elections?

    • Yes
    • No
    • No comment
    Ajax Loader