ILO launches Covid-19 safety for RMG workers

Diplomatic Correspondent

2 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched a comprehensive safety and training package to help the RMG industry better protect and monitor workers and working conditions during COVID-19.

The package was launched on Wednesday in partnership with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association (BKMEA), an ILO Bangladesh press release said.

As more and more workers return to work, the RMG ‘Learning Hub’ will focus on three core areas -- raising COVID-19 prevention awareness among workers and factory management; ensuring COVID-19 Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) preparedness guidelines are being followed, and continuing to promote strong social dialogue in the workplace. 

Developed by the ILO, the ‘learning hub’ will serve as a one-stop virtual platform and has been made possible through $750,000 of financial support from Sweden and Denmark.

An additional $250,000 has been contributed by several existing ILO funding partners, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, US Department of Labor (USDOL) and the Department for International Development (UK Aid).

To launch the innovation, the ILO organised a ‘virtual’ webinar featuring the Swedish Ambassador in Bangladesh Charlotta Schlyter, Søren Asbjørn Albertsen, Sector Counsellor of the Danish Embassy in Dhaka, Tuomo Poutiainen, ILO Country Director, BGMEA President Rubana Huq and  BKMEA Vice-President Mohammad Hatem.