Health and Safety Complaints – 2015

Overview of complaints raised with the Accord Safety and Health Complaints Mechanism

Overview of complaints raised with the Accord Safety and Health Complaints Mechanism

Factory Name Date Filed Status Filed by Description Status/Outcome
Friends Stylewear Ltd 24 November 2015 Resolved through seperate agreement between union&employer Union Alleged forced resignations of a group of workers / union members related to their work with the Accord and their interest in the Accord safety committee program. Complaint was withdrawn by union federation on behalf of complainants after settlement between union and management.
DICA TEX LTD 1 November 2015 Non OSH Union Alleged shift differential payment violations and company failure to provide employment letters. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Needle Work 29 October 2015 Non OSH Union Alleged unfair dismissal of union workers related factory’s participation initially alleged to be related to Accord Safety Committtee Pilot. After further discussion with complainant/federation, it was confirmed that the complaint was not related to OSH pilot or OSH issues but was alleged union discrimination. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Fashion Island Ltd 28 October 2015 Resolved Union Complaint from factory level union over inadequate progress by management on safety remediation from Accord initial inspection. Fire safety and structural safety issues were specifically cited. Failure to establish a safety committee was also raised. Accord engineers performed a follow up inspection and updated the workforce on status of remediation and time lines for the items in the complaint to be completed. The workforce was informed of the Accord safety committee pilot and that FIL would be included among the first as it is a unionized factory. First meetings with factory and union on safety committee pilot took place in mid-November 2015. The committee is now established and company and labour representatives to the committee are receiving training from the Accord.
Iris Fashions Ltd. 3 September 2015 Non OSH FRP Alleged wage, hour, and maternity leave violations. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Confidence Knitwear Ltd. 16 August 2015 Non OSH Union Alleged wage and hour violations and unfair termination for raising these issues. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Cadtex Garments Ltd 27 July 2015 Non OSH FRP Alleged temporary closure of factory without prior notice. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
CHITTAGONG FASHION WEAR LIMITED 7 July 2015 Non OSH Union Alleged retaliation against worker for engaging with Accord. Accord determined the reason for termination was unauthorized absences. Complainant filed separate claim with the MoLE.
JEANS CARE LIMITED/CDF Design 18 June 2015 Withdrawn Union Alleged reprisal against union in the factory. Complaint was withdrawn by complainants after settlement between union and management
Fashion Forum Ltd 15 June 2015 Withdrawn FRP Alleged forced resignation and threats over complainants meeting with FRP and participating in an Accord informational video. The complainants withdrew complaint while review was in process. Information obtained by Accord in processing the complaint was provided to relevant signatory companies, FFL management, and IndustriAll BGD representatives.
Tung Hai Sweaters Limited 15 June 2015 Not processed Union Alleged forced resignation of union leader as a result of involvement in Accord inspection. Accord did not process the complaint in a timely manner.
Iris Fashions Ltd. 6 June 2015 Resolved FRP Information provided from FRP that there was a fire at the factory and possible injuries. Accord investigation with factory found there was a small fire caused by a cigarette which was extinguished by staff. No injuries or damage occurred. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
CDF Design 19 May 2015 Resolved FRP General safety concerns raised by workers due to earthquake. Workers expressed particular concern after earthquake because immediately prior there had been some demolition work in the factory. Accord structural engineers had been at the building, post-earthquake, 2 days before receipt of the complaint and had confirmed no imminent danger from the earthquake.
Mondol Fashions Ltd. 14 May 2015 Resolved Union Alleged reprisal (termination) after alleged refusal to do unsafe work. Accord determined there was no refusal to perform unsafe work and therefore no reprisal for such. See resolution issued by Accord.
Garib & Garib Company Ltd 13 May 2015 Resolved Union Safety concern raised by workers who reported existing cracks in the building had widened (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Aramana Apparels 30 April 2015 Resolved FRP General safety concerns raised by workers due to earthquake. Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory.
Green Life Group Clothing Ltd. 30 April 2015 Resolved Factory management Safety concern raised by factory managers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers coordinated with factory’s contracted structural engineer to obtain details on concerns. Accord engineers reviewed findings and required load removal from area where a crack was observed in a slab. Structural remediation monitored by Accord engineers thereafter. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Asrotex Ltd 29 April 2015 Resolved Factory management Safety concerns regarding tilted glass / windows reported by a general manager to the Accord. The GM indicated workers are concerned and factory requested Accord engineers to inspect this matter (post earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection; including glass /window area, at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Masihata Sweaters Ltd 27 April 2015 Resolved Individual Worker(s) General safety concerns raised by workers due to earthquake. Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Metro Knitting & Dyeing Mills Ltd (Factory-02) 27 April 2015 Resolved FRP Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
TUSUKA TROUSERS LTD 26 April 2015 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Mondol fashion Ltd 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Comfort Apparels ltd 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP Fire incident incident and possible injuries reported by Accord FRP. Accord engineers inspected circuit box where the fire occurred. Engineers determined fire was most likely caused by a short of an unprotected wire in the circuit box. Fire was contained to the circuit box area and extinguished by factory employees with a fire extinguisher. 8 workers sustained minor injuries during building evacuation which required first aid. Factory instructed to keep circuit box clean, to not over-current the electrical system, and to complete the CAP. Remediation has been monitored. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Fashion Forum Ltd 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Designtex Fashion Ltd 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Bodystretch Bangladesh Ltd 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP General safety concerns raised by workers due to earthquake. Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Magpie knitwear ltd 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP General safety concerns raised by workers due to earthquake. Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Dekko design ltd 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP General safety concerns raised by workers due to earthquake. Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
JL SWEATER LIMITED 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Graphics Textiles Ltd. 26 April 2015 Resolved Anonymous Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Arunima Apparels Ltd. 26 April 2015 Resolved FRP General safety concerns raised by workers due to earthquake. Accord engineers performed post-earthquake rapid structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Reedisha Knitex Ltd 25 April 2015 Resolved Factory management Workers allegedly injured during evacuation following an earthquake. Accord Engineers inspected factory and found no imminent danger. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
TUNIC FASHION LTD 12 April 2015 Unresolved and factory is closed Union Wage and severance pay complaints after Review Panel temporary factory closure. Accord labour and company signatories are in ongoing discussions on remedying.
Dress & Dismatic ( pvt) Ltd 18 March 2015 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Alleged forced resignations / unfair dismissal of union representatives for union’s participation in Accord inspection and OSH activities. Accord resolution led to re-instatement and backpay of affected workers’ wages. Employer and union worked cooperatively to implement the resolution. See resolution issued by Accord.
Mega Chois Ltd 15 March 2015 Terminated factory under Article 21 Individual Worker(s) Egregious fire safety hazards; including inadequate number of exits / stairwells and unprotected egress led to Accord instruction that factory needed to be temporarily evacuated. Several workers contacted Accord when the factory continued production and occupancy. After factory’s continued refusal to temporarily evacuate building and perform required urgent fire hazard remediation (constructing an additional stairwell / exit) Article 21 provisions of the Accord were invoked. Accord informed the MoLE-Inspector General and issued termination statement.
Ananta Garments Ltd 11 March 2015 Resolved Anonymous Safety concerns raised by workers regarding locked collapsible gates and a reported factory fire. Accord follow-up inspection verified that the collapsible and lockable gates have been removed.
Sadia Garments Ltd 2 March 2015 Non OSH Union Alleged leave payment violations. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
APS apparel Ltd 22 February 2015 Resolved FRP Workers raised safety concern regarding collapsible gates and water tanks on the roof. Accord engineers contacted the factory telephonically instructing them to remove the collapsible, lockable gates and to drain the water tanks. Accord received pictoral evidence from the facotry that these measures had been completed. This information was confirmed by the complainant workers and verifed by Accord at subsequent on-site follow up inspection.
Rupa sweater ltd/Rupa apparel Ltd 17 February 2015 Not processed FRP Alleged unfair dismissal and severance pay complaint At time of complaint factory was not listed. Factory has since been listed by Accord signatory.
United Apparel Industry , unit 1 17 February 2015 Resolved through seperate agreement between union&employer Union Alleged severance payment violations after a factory relocation after Accord initial inspection. Negotiated settlement reached between management, union, and BGMEA.
Bovs Apparels Ltd 16 February 2015 Resolved through seperate agreement between union&employer FRP Alleged reprisal (unfair dismissal) of union officers and members for meeting with Accord FRP. Negotiated settlement reached between union and employer outside Accord complaint process.
Fashion Forum Ltd 9 February 2015 Resolved Union Safety concerns raised by IBC RMG union federation and workers after a test fire drill and ensuing disorderly evacuation which allegedly led to worker injuries. Workers complained perimeter gate exit from the factory grounds was locked. Accord fire engineers informed the management that all collapsible, locking gates must be removed from the factory exit ways. Accord received pictorial evidence that collapsible, lockable gates were removed in the factory in April 2015. Accord engineers verified this through a follow up and verification inspection in January 2016.
Sad Sun Apparels 5 February 2015 Not processed Individual Worker(s) Alleged unfair dismissal and severance payment violations. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Success Fashion Ltd 4 February 2015 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Alleged severance payment violations. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Creative sweaters Ltd 25 January 2015 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Alleged reprisal (termination from employment) of workers after discussion with Accord FRP. Accord investigation determined a non-Accord related factory closure was the reason for termination of workers’ employment.
Windy Apparels Ltd 21 January 2015 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Workers reported a spark in a tube light area in a finishing area of the factory. Accord fire engineer spoke with factory management, complainant workers, and Accord brands to conclude a diode in the tube light had blown and there was no ensuing fire. Pictorial evidence confirmed this and engineers determined no further action was necessary. Accord engineers are continuing to monitor the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) implementation.
Pandora Sweaters Ltd. 20 January 2015 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complaint related to a factory fire in one of the factory’s offices. Accord fire engineers contacted the factory and Accord brands to confirm a small fire broke out in a manager’s office which was extinguished by factory staff. Fire brigade arrived after fire was extinguished. Some damage to clothing samples and furniture. Due to ongoing blockades and security concerns, Accord staff were unable to travel to the factory at the time of the fire. No reported injuries to employees. Accord fire safety engineers have since continued to monitor Corrective Action Plan (CAP) implementation.
M.B. Knit Fashion 15 January 2015 Not processed Anonymous Alleged wage and hour violations. Not processed. Factory is not a listed supplier of Accord.
Mifkif Appparel Ltd 4 January 2015 Non OSH Union Alleged severance payment violations. Non-OSH complaint not further processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners

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