Development Cooperation Minister of Denmark Ulla Tørnæs recently earmarked 7.5 million kroner to continue assisting Bangladesh in improving equality and working conditions in the textile sector of the country, as per media reports.
Jobs and decent working conditions are important for gender equality, a Danish newspaper reportedly quoted Tørnæs as saying.
The collaboration by the Danish labour oversight association Arbejdstilsynet assists in more sustainable growth in the sector that accounts for over 80 per cent of the country’s exports.
It may be mentioned here that Arbejdstilsynet – the Danish Working Environment Authority – is the Danish state body responsible for occupational health and safety and inspects working environment conditions in Denmark.
Arbejdstilsynet also inspects whether foreign companies have notified the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) about their service and that the notification is accurate and complete. Arbejdstilsynet also functions as the Danish liaison office and coordinates the tasks of informing foreign employers and employees about the regulations for working in Denmark.
The Danish project, which is aimed at improving the equality and working conditions in an industry that produces much of the apparel sold in Denmark, has been running for three years now.