Australia, together with International Labour Organization (ILO), intends to focus more on enhancing the working conditions of Bangladesh garment workers in addition to promoting women’s economic potential.
The joint efforts of ILO and Australia got a boost from the re-commitment of funds for Better Work Bangladesh, better known as BWB. This was confirmed in a joint press release on 5 May 2019. Australia has been consistently supporting BWB programme with the intent of bringing significant changes to Bangladesh’s garment sector.
More on the same, Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Julia Niblett, said that Bangladesh’s garment sector will be strengthened by the alignment of the country’s government, unions and employers with the ILO supported Remediation Coordination Cell, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety and the Alliance-supported Nirapon Initiative.
While appreciating Australia’s efforts to improve the conditions of garment workers in Bangladesh, Tuomo Poutiainen, Country Director, ILO, expressed pride to be associated with the Government of Australia as both countries share the common vision of not only uniting multiple stakeholders but also promoting decent work.
Australia has been supporting BWB since 2016 and the programme, reportedly, reaches as many as 485,708 workers across 210 factories.