On May 29, ACT Bangladesh signatory brands and trade unions met to discuss priorities for effective dispute resolution, with union members advocating for brands to play a more active role in safeguarding workers’ rights to freedom of association and preventing the blacklisting of union-active workers.

IndustriALL textile and garment director Christina Hajagos-Clausen highlighted the importance of supporting the Injury Insurance Pilot and maintaining collaborative efforts for industry safety.

She said: “We call on industry and brands to strengthen our joint engagement on building and fire safety, occupational health and safety, and to engage in sectoral negotiations for long-term benefits to workers in the textile, garment, leather and shoe industries.”