GENEVA — Bangladesh has made progress in enhancing global labor standards and safety norms for the country’s four million garment workers in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza building disaster, which claimed the lives of 1,133 people, but needs to do more in some areas, said the chief of the world’s biggest industrial union.
“During 2010 and 2011, there were two local unions registered, and now, during the past 12 months, over 100 local unions were registered. So the government did what they promised, that they would ease up,” said Jyrki Raina, general secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, an umbrella group that represents 50 million workers in 140 countries worldwide, including 15 million workers in the textiles and apparel sector. “In these past 12 months, 40,000 workers have been organized in more than a 100 hundred factories,” Raina, a Finnish national, and a lawyer, told WWD.
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