Health and Safety Complaints – 2016

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

Factory Name Date Filed Status Filed by Description Status/Outcome
Pandora Sweaters Ltd. 28 December 2016 Resolved Accord Trainer Complainant alleged locking features in a fire door of ground floor. Upon initial investigation it was found that the design and installation of the door was in conformity with Accord requirements.
HAMS GARMENTS LTD. 25 December 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged injury of a number of workers during an evacuation following the sounding of the fire alarm. Complainant further alleged the non-cooperation of the factory Safety Committee, technical problems with the emergency lighting and that a CCTV camera is aimed at the safety hotline poster. Following an Accord inspection on 28 December, 2017, the Accord required that: Factory Management must resolve their IPS issues and replace all batteries by 11 January, 2017; factory management must immediately reorient the position of the CCTV camera; and factory management must work with the Accord Safety Committee Training Program to revisit the matter of safe evacuation in the event of a fire. The Accord received confirmation from the factory that the Safety Complaints Hotline poster has been relocated away from the area covered by the CCTV camera, and that the IPS issues had been resolved in order to ensure a properly functioning emergency back-up system. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Apex Lingerie Ltd. 22 December 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that there were internal union problems at the factory. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Jeans Express Ltd. 20 December 2016 Non OSH Federation Complainant alleged that most of the workers suspect that the factory will close by January, 2017 and that, if this occurs, workers want their severance money and other benefits as per the requirements of the Labor Law. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Asrotex 15 December 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged staircases were being blocked by cartoons most of the time. Accord Engineers conducted an unannounced inspection on 20 December, 2016 and found that the stairways were blocked by cartons. The Accord later received pictorial evidence that the cartons on the stairs had been removed and egress aisles had been painted. A pamphlet was distributed to workers on 12th March, 2017 to advise them of the above.
Cotton Textile and Apparels Ltd. 14 December 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that Factory Management did not allow the Safety Committee to carry out their duties without interferance. The Accord re-engaged with the factory under the aegis of the Safety Committee Training Program.

The Accord attended the factory on 18 April, 2017 to find that the management Co-Chair and one worker had been changed.

The Safety Committee stated to the Accord dedicated trainer that the Committee is functional.

Factory Management has agreed to hold the All Employee Meeting #2.

Doreen Apparels Ltd 14 December 2016 Resolved Union Complainant alleged that a 10 Ft long crack had been observed on the ceramic tiles on the 1st floor of the building. On inspection, Accord Engineers found that the cracked tiles did not represent structural safety concerns or concerns on the structural integrity of the building. Accord engineers determined the tiles were cracked due to improper installation. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to all workers to inform them of the outcome of the Complaint on 26 January, 2017. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
FAKIR KNITWEARS LTD. 10 December 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that announcements on the PA system at the time of a fire alarm sounding could not be heard and this meant that workers did not know whether or not they should evacuate from the factory. The Accord used the All Employee Meeting of the Safety Committee Training Program at the factory to inform every employee that when the fire alarm sounds, workers must safely and promptly exit the factory and not pay attention to any simultaneous announcements on the PA system. Equally, the Accord met with Factory Management and received an assurance that the PA system shall not be used in conjunction with the fire alarm system given the confusion that was being created.
Global Merchants 08 December 2016 Resolved Federation Complainant alleged that factory management detained and aggressively questioned the workers who accompanied the Accord engineer during an Accord inspection related to a prior Complaint. Following a meeting with Factory Management and an Accord Signatory Company a way forward was agreed which ensures that workers shall not be targeted for taking part in Accord activities.

A second, confidence-building meeting between factory management on the one part and the Union Federation and workers was held, which was constructive and productive.

Esquire Knit Composite Ltd. 07 December 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that workers were instructed by management not to leave their work station and remain working even though the fire alarm was repeatedly ringing. They also allege that 4 emergency exit doors on the 7th floor are kept locked. In relation to the element of the Complaint dealing with the fire alarm, Accord Engineers discovered that the fire alarm was incorrectly installed. The Accord required that the fire alarm installation be remedied. In regard to the allegation that the 4 fire doors on the 7th floor were locked, during the inspection it was discovered that they were not but that workers required training as to how to open the doors. The Dedicated Trainer conducting the Safety Committee Training Program incorporated this training into the Program at the factory. The Accord has distributed a pamphlet to all workers to inform them of the above. Accord engineers continue to monitor implementation of the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
Global Merchants 06 December 2016 Resolved Union Complainant alleged that due to on going construction work, workers feel insecure to work in the factory. The Accord investigated the complaint and found that, subject to certain conditions, the factory was safe for occupation and production.

However, factory management voluntarily chose to temporarily close for remediation work.

Later the factory was reopened and production recommenced. According to the payment sheets received from the factory for closure period, it was determined that the appropriate amount paid was in line with factory obligations and the Complainant was so advised.

Lusaka Fashion Ltd. 01 December 2016 Withdrawn Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that they did not receive relocation benefits as per labor law. On 22 January, 2017 the Accord received confirmation from the factory that the monies due and owing to the workers had been paid. The Accord did attempt to verify the information received with the Complainant(s), but was unable to do so due to the disengagement of the Complainant(s) in the process at that time. The Complainant(s) subsequently requested that the Complaint be withdrawn.
Jhuma Fashion Limited 29 November 2016 Not processed Union Complainant alleged unfair treatment of workers by management as a consequence of the workers being involved in union activity in the factory. Not processed. Not an Accord listed factory.
MAGPIE KNIT WEAR LTD 27 November 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that there was a structural fault with the factory building as evidenced by it shaking for no apparent reason. Accord Engineers performed an inspection and found that the shaking was the result of the retrofitting work on the top floor of the factory. The Accord required that adequate props be installed during all retrofitting work; that any cracks identified by the engineer’s report must be repaired; and that an appropriate load plan must be followed during retrofitting work. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to all workers to advise them of the above. Accord engineers continue to monitor implementation of the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
SOUTHERN CLOTHINGS LIMITED 24 November 2016 Resolved without Accord intervention Union Complainant alleged unfair termination of 32 workers. The Complainant subsequently withdrew the case informing the Accord that the matter was settled.
Claxton Apparels & Textiles Ltd. 24 November 2016 Non OSH Union Complainant alleged that workers had been laid off from work for a long period. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
SALIM & BROTHERS LTD (UNIT-2) 20 November 2016 Resolved “Individual Worker(s)
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The Complainant alleged violence against himself and Safety Committee colleagues following their participation in Accord activities related to the Safety Committee Training Program. An Agreement was reached between Factory Management and the Salim brothers Union, with the assistance of the Accord. The Agreement provided for compensation, confidence building measures and agreed next steps to enable workers and management to work together on matters related to safety and other industrial relations issues.
MAGPIE KNIT WEAR LTD 17 November 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Structural concern raised by workers. On inspection, Accord engineers found cracks they determined were non-structural. However, due to a lack of appropriate measures being taken during demolition work, a column fell in the course of being demolished and caused the building to shake. Accord engineers also found there was a lack of safety measures being taken during demolition. The Accord instructed the factory that proper demolition procedures must be followed and that a proper load plan must be maintained during demolition work in order to ensure the safety of the structure. Subject to the implementation of the above requirements, the factory was safe for occupation and for production to continue. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to workers to inform them of the above. Accord engineers continue to monitor implementation of the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
ROCK KNITWEARS LTD. 17 November 2016 Not processed Union The Complainant alleged that the factory closed suddenly without paying any benefits to the workers. Not processed. Factory had been previously terminated factory pursuant to the terms of article 21 as a result of its failure to adequately remediate. The Accord dispatched a notification letter to workers regarding the termination of the factory dated 11 January, 2017.
Nexus Sweater Ind.(pvt) Ltd. 16 November 2016 Resolved Union Complainant alleged unfair behavior of management towards workers who were active with the union in the factory. It was alleged that this matter was linked to a previous case that was subject to the Accord Complaints Mechanism at the same factory. After a meeting at the Accord office both parties reached an agreement and the worker returned to work
Medona Fashions Ltd. 31 October 2016 Non OSH Factory management Complainant alleged unfair dismissal from work of mid level management. Non-OSH complaint concerning a closed factory. Not processed by Accord.
CUTTING EDGE INDUSTRIES LTD. 31 October 2016 Resolved Union Safety concern was raised by workers who reported a crack in the wall of the 1st floor of the factory building. Accord engineers conducted an inspection and reviewed a subsequent engineering consultant’s report, and determined that the cracks were non-structural in nature. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to all workers to inform them as to the outcome of the Complaint. Accord engineers continue to monitor the implementation of the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
CUTTING EDGE INDUSTRIES LTD. 15 October 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Safety concern raised by workers who reported a wall collapsed in the factory building. On inspection, Accord Engineers found various issues of concern and required immediate corrective and preventive steps to be taken, including vacating certain sections of the factory and the installation of proper barriers to the affected areas. Subject to the steps listed above being taken, the Accord deemed the factory safe for production to continue. On 30 October, 2016, the Accord distributed a pamphlet to all workers to inform them of the outcome of the Complaint.
Euro Jeans Ltd 13 October 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker’ s Husband Complainant contacted Accord to assist in a private marital matter and complainant had a personal safety fear related to same. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord.
EURO KNIT SPINN COMPOSITE LTD. 06 October 2016 Resolved Brand representative A safety concern was raised by an Accord Signatory Company which reported that newly built dying building is unsafe for use and should not be occupied. It was originally a one-story building which was expanded to six stories. On inspection, Accord Engineers found that several sections of the building were over-stressed and required that props be immediately installed to carry the weight, that loads be limited in specified areas within the factory and that the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of the structure must remain unoccupied pending the outcome of an engineering assessment report. On 26 October, 2016 the Accord distributed a pamphlet to the workers to inform them of the above.
Nexus Sweater Ind.(pvt) Ltd. 04 October 2016 Resolved Union Complainants alleged that the commencement of the Accord Safety Committee Training Program led to Factory Management becoming aware that there was a registered union in the factory and that this, in turn, led to acts of reprisal against them, including three workers being dismissed. An Agreement was reached between the factory and the union through a series of meetings chaired by the Accord, whereby three workers were reinstated and retroactive payments were received for time not working in the factory. The Safety Committee Training Program is now proceeding with proper cooperation between workers and management. The three reinstated workers are members of the Safety Committee.
Virtual Knitwear Ltd. 02 October 2016 Non-OSH but Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged sudden closure of the factory without any prior notice. The Complainant further alleged that he didn’t receive his full payment. According to the payment sheets received from the factory, it was determined that the amount paid was consistent with factory’s obligations. The Complainant was so informed.
SAAD MUSA FABRICS LTD (UNIT-3) 27 September 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Safety concern raised by a worker related to alleged inappropriate propping and column strength. Accord Engineers performed an inspection and instructed the factory on immediate structural remediation measures that must be implemented. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to all workers to inform them as to the outcome of the Complaint and to let them know that the factory was safe for occupancy and production while the required remedial measures are completed.
Shagorika Garments Ltd. 26 September 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complainant was asking for information about the payment of severance according to labour law in the event that workers leave factory employment after 9/10 years. Non-OSH complaint in non-Accord factory. Not processed by Accord.
Techno Fiber Limited 22 September 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged various issues including exit stairs being used for storage and excessive overtime. During an unannounced inspection at the factory, Accord Engineers found blockages in both the staircases and some aisles. The engineers produced a report which was shared with factory management providing the required minimum clearances for staircases and aisles, with which the factory must adhere all times. As to the element of the Complaint referring to allegations of excessive overtime, having reviewed the salary sheets and worker lists as shared with the Accord, it is found that the overtime worked by workers for the month of December, 2016 was not excessive and in line with legal obligations.
HAMS GARMENTS LTD. 21 September 2016 Resolved Factory management Complaint filed by factory management who reported a small fire in the factory. Accord Engineers conducted and inspection and found that a small fire had occurred in the sewing section of the factory, on the second floor caused by a short circuit of the SDB board. The Accord issued an inspection report and sent it to Factory Management, Accord Signatory Companies and Union Partners on 29 September, 2016. The Accord required in its report that Factory Management change the manner in which they were loading circuits beyond their capacity. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to inform workers as to the outcome of the Complaint and let them know that the factory is safe for occupancy and production while the required remedial measures are completed.
THE WELL TEX LTD 13 September 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that Factory Management did not distribute meat during Eid as they were allegedly supposed to do. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners
Unicorn Sweaters Ltd 07 September 2016 Unresolved but Closed Factory management Complainant alleged that that factory is running its knitting section in an unauthorized tin shed without informing the Accord. The Accord attempted to contact the Complainant on numerous occasions in order to obtain pertinent additional information, but to no avail despite best efforts.
Sonia Sweaters Ltd. 06 September 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged that the workers suspected that they would not have any work at the factory post-Eid. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
EUROTEX KNITWEAR LTD. 05 September 2016 Non OSH Through Alliance Complainant alleged that there may be a safety concern due to a crack in the factory building. The Complaint was filed in relation to one of the buildings in this compound which is not an Accord covered factory. On 20th September, 2016 the Accord informed the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Inspections of Factories and Establishments (DIFE) of the particulars in this case, that the building for which a concern was raised is not covered by the Accord and requested the IG to take the appropriate steps.
MEGHNA KNIT COMPOSITE LIMITED 05 September 2016 Resolved Through Alliance Complainant alleged a safety concern due to cluttered stairwells in the factory. During an unannounced inspection on 7 September, 2016 Accord Engineers found blockages on two of the three staircases in the factory and in some aisles. The resultant report provided the required minimum clearances that the factory must adhere to at all times. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to all workers to inform them of the outcome of the Complaint. Accord engineers will monitor the remediation progress at this factory during follow up inspections.
Peak Apparels 04 September 2016 Non OSH Union The Complainant alleged that workers were not receiving the appropriate Eid bonus. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Louietex Manufacturing Ltd 26 August 2016 Non OSH Federation Complaint filed by Union alleging violence against a Union colleague after that colleague participated in union activity. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
S.B Design ltd 24 August 2016 Resolved Union Complainant alleged a fire incident in the factory caused by sparking of the machines. Accord engineers conducted an inspection and found no burn marks and no fresh paint indicating there was no fire. During the inspection, the Accord engineers found other safety concerns including: insufficient earthing of electrical equipment and a sewing machine which had malfunctioned. No injuries were reported, however. The Accord has distributed a pamphlet to workers to inform them that the factory is safe for occupancy and production while the required remedial measures are completed.
NATURAL APPARELS LIMITED 24 August 2016 Resolved Union Accord received a request from the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF), the registered Union at Natural Apparels Ltd before it closed on the 1st August 2016, that workers who had lost their jobs at Natural Apparels should be given preference or allowed to join Natural Denim, a related factory, without losing their benefits. An Agreement was reached between the Bangladesh Garments Industrial Workers’ Federation ( BGIWF) and Factory Management during a meeting at the Accord offices on 17 October, 2016. The Agreement included that any displaced workers could obtain employment at one of the owner’s other RMG factories. This, providing there are vacancies at the other factories. The agreement included ongoing monitoring of developments.
ORNATE INTERNATIONAL LTD/ (LIM) 21 August 2016 Factory terminated under Accord Article 21 DIFE Complainant alleged that this building is not safe for the workers. The factory was terminated under Accord Article 21 for lack of progress with remediation.
Cathey Apparels Ltd. 21 August 2016 Not processed Federation Complainant alleged unfair behavior of the owner towards the workers. Accord did not process this Complainant as the allegations concerned a factory which is not an Accord listed factory.
Factory name withheld due to anonymity concerns cited by Complainant 10 August 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged unfair termination from work due to Absenteeism . Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord.
Textil Fashions Ltd. 08 August 2016 Resolved without Accord intervention Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged factory is asking for medical documents for his sick leave . Resolved without Accord intervention as the Complainant later informed the Accord that the matter is resolved and that he is working in the factory without any difficulties.
Peak Apparels 04 August 2016 Non OSH Union Complainant alleged termination of workers without any reason. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners
NATURAL APPARELS LIMITED 21 July 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) The Complainant, who was the Co-Chair of the factory Safety Committee, alleged that factory management made a sudden decision to close the factory. An Agreement was reached between the Bangladesh Garments Industrial Workers’ Federation ( BGIWF) and Factory Management during a meeting at the Accord on 17 October 2016. The Agreement included that any displaced workers could obtain employment at one of the owner’s other RMG factories. This, providing there are vacancies at the other factories. The agreement included ongoing monitoring of developments.
Reliance Denim Ind Ltd 19 July 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complaint alleged that management arranged persons to prevent them from entering the factory. Separately it was alleged that the Complainants received death threats. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Textil Fashions Ltd. 19 July 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) The Union President, having been given a “show cause” letter from management, feared reprisal for the role she played in a previous Accord Safety and Health Complaint at the factory. At a meeting chaired by the Accord at the Accord offices, Factory Management assured all parties that the “show cause” notice was not intended to pressurize the Union President. In line with the requested remedy from the Complainant, Factory Management confirmed that they considered the matter closed.
JEANS CARE LIMITED 18 July 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged a structural fault with the factory building. Accord engineers performed a structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. A pamphlet was distributed to workers on 25 August, 2016 to inform them as to the outcome of the Investigation.
Fashion Island Ltd 14 July 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complaint alleged unfair dismissal from work. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
THE WELL TEX LTD 02 July 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged the factory is not paying overtime properly. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
TEJGAON TEXTILES MILLS LTD. 27 June 2016 Unresolved and factory is closed Union Complainant alleged irregularities in payment of the workers by factory management during closure of the factory. The matter is unresolved but the factory is closed.
Youngone Corporation 26 June 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) The Complainant alleged problems with both the Fire alarm system and the Public Address (PA) system on the ground floor. Upon inspection, the Accord team found that a new panel for the PA system had been recently installed, and no concerns were observed with either the PA system or the fire alarm system. On 25 August, 2016 the Accord distribution a pamphlet to workers at the factory to inform them as to the outcome of the Complaint. Factory management advised that the factory will shortly install a new automatic fire system in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 72. On 25th August, 2016 the Accord distributed a pamphlet informing workers as to the outcome of the Complaint. Accord engineers will monitor the remediation progress at this factory during follow up inspections.
Southern Knitwear Ltd. 19 June 2016 Resolved Union Safety concerns raised by union related to structural problems with the factory building. The Union also raised the challenges that workers are facing in the factory, including alleged union discrimination and alleged forced overtime, but these matters were not formalized into a Complaint. Accord engineers performed an inspection and found that the load limit previously prescribed had been exceeded on parts of the 1st floor. The Accord required that this load limit be adhered to, pending the development of a comprehensive load plan. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to workers to inform them of the outcome of the Complaint.
Jointex Knitwears Ltd 19 June 2016 Resolved Union Safety concerns raised by a union alleging structural problems with the factory building. While some non-structural cracks which did not pose a threat to building integrity were discovered, the Accord Engineer found that loading on the 5th and 8th floors exceeded the maximum allowable weight. Consequently, the Accord required immediate evacuation of the marked area for floors 5, 6, 7 and 8 that these areas were to remain empty until required remediation had taken place. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to workers to inform them as to the outcome of the Complaint.
Claxton Apparels & Textiles Ltd. 15 June 2016 Resolved through separate agreement between union&Employer Federation Complainant alleged the unfair dismissal of 75 workers, in part for retaliation for raising Safety and Health concerns with Factory Management. The Accord determined that the matter did fall under the Accord Complaints Mechanism for Safety and Health, and commenced an investigation into the allegations. The Union informed the Accord that the matter was moved to the BGMEA for discussion and that the Union no longer wanted to pursue the Complaint via the Accord mechanism. On 28/09/16, the Union formally informed the Accord that the matter was closed. The terms of the Agreement signed on 4, September 2016 was that some workers had been rehired and 63 workers had received payments by 27 September, 2016 relating to the ending of their employment relationship with the factory.
ALL WEATHER FASHIONS LTD 14 June 2016 Not processed Union Complaint submitted by union alleging a structural problem in the building in a factory which had been terminated as a supplier to Accord Listed Companies. On 14th June, 2016 the Accord informed the Inspector General (IG) that the Accord had received a complaint in regard to the structure of a building but that this factory had been previously terminated from the list of Accord Signatory Company suppliers as a result of the lack of required progress on factory remediation. The Accord also requested that the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments (DIFE) to investigate the allegations contained in the Complaint. The Accord had previously advised the IG on the 26th April, 2016 of the decision to terminate this factory and the factory details had been transferred to the IG at that time.
Four H Apparels Ltd. 09 June 2016 Resolved without Accord intervention Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged irregularities in salary increment. Resolved without Accord intervention. Complainant confirmed that the irregularities had been corrected.
Apex Lingerie Ltd. 08 June 2016 Withdrawn Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged unfair dismissal from work. Having submitted the Complaint on 7th June, 2016, the Complainant contacted the Accord the following day and confirmed that he wished to withdraw the Complaint.
Reza Fashion Ltd 01 June 2016 Non OSH Individual Worker(s) Complainant alleged irregularities in wages and bonus payment. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. In accordance with the request from the Complainant, the Accord supplied the contact details for the Department of Inspections for Factories and Establishments (DIFE). Complaint forwarded to Factory Management, Accord Signatory Companies and Union Partners.
Apex Lingerie Ltd. 01 June 2016 Withdrawn Individual Worker(s) Complainant seeking promotion to avoid doing a job which causes her joint pain in her hand. The case was withdrawn by the Complainant as she had left her employment at this factory.
Oli Knittings Fabrics Ltd. 29 May 2016 Resolved Union Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building Accord engineers performed structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. Report provided to factory. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
Rio Fashion Wear Ltd 29 May 2016 Resolved Union Complaint filed by a union on behalf of a worker who reported misbehavior by the production manager leading allegedly to that worker being forced to resign from her post. Factory management agreed to reinstate the worker without any break in service and choose her floor of permanent assignment within the factory. She returned to work from 18 June, 2016. The Accord followed up on the matter and found that the reinstated worker had experienced no further difficulties.
The National Apparels Ltd 29 May 2016 Not processed Individual Worker(s) Safety concern raised by union which reported an alleged structural problem in a non-Accord listed factory. Not processed, On 19th June, 2016 the Accord passed the Complaint to the Inspector General (IG) informing the IG office that the factory is not Accord or Alliance listed.
Aftabunnessa Garments Ltd. 26 May 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Safety concerns raised by workers who reported cracks on the 2nd floor of the factory and being locked into the factory during working hours. Additional Complaints lodged concerning worker layoffs and overtime pay. Accord engineers performed structural inspection at factory and found no imminent danger. A crack was found on the 2nd floor slab with the finding being integrated into the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP). The locking features on the doors were removed. On 17th July, 2016 the Accord distributed a pamphlet to inform all workers of the outcome of the Complaint related to structural issues. The non-OSH matters related to payment of overtime and alleged layoffs were not processed by Accord.
Basic Apparels Ltd. 25 May 2016 Resolved with involvement Safety Committee Individual Worker(s) Worker alleged that her demotion consituted discriminatory treatment on the part of factory management. The issue was resolved with the active involvement of the factory Safety Committee, and the worker is now working in the factory’s Quality Section.
NATURAL APPARELS LIMITED 23 May 2016 Resolved Union Safety concern raised by the workers that the fire door which was installed in the compressor room as per Accord standard was instantly removed after the Accord engineers had left. Factory management claimed that the door was removed as it opened on the wrong side and, by the time of inspection, they had already purchased the correct door. At the time of pamphlet distribution, the engineer confirmed that the required remediation had been carried out.
Textil Fashions Ltd. 20 May 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) A worker alleged that factory management uninstalls (or opens) the collapsible gate at the factory exit point before Accord Follow up inspections. The Accord conducted an unannounced inspection which found no collapsable gates installed in the factory. On 19th June, 2016 the Accord distributed a pamphlet informing the workers of the outcome of the Complaint.
Fresh Fashion Wear 19 May 2016 Terminated factory under article 21 Union Complaint filed by union, alleged violence towards union official following his participation in Accord meeting. The factory was terminated under article 21 for lack of cooperation in OSH complaint mechanism.
Fresh Fashion Wear 19 May 2016 Terminated factory under article 21 Union Alleged forced resignation of the Chair of the Safety Committee, who was also the union president. The factory was terminated under article 21 for lack of cooperation in OSH complaint mechanism.
TEJGAON TEXTILES MILLS LTD. 15 May 2016 Non OSH Union Complaint filed by union about a rumour in the factory among the workers that the factory was going to close down by June, 2016. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
A Plus Ind.Ltd. 12 May 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complaint filed by a worker alleging bad working conditions due to excessive heat and the lack of adequate footwear when entering the bathroom. An inspection was carried out and a report was issued, finding that fans must be installed in order to provide proper cross ventilation. At the time of the Accord inspection, factory management had already addressed the footwear issue. The Safety Committee were fully involved in the investigation and resolution of this case and the Accord has distributed a pamphlet to workers on the matter.
NATURAL APPARELS LIMITED 08 May 2016 Unresolved and factory is closed Union Allegation by a union member in the factory that the Accord trainer did not allow enough time in order to complete the required training session as per the Accord Safety Committee Training Program. The Accord held discussions with the Complainant and the Union. An agreed outcome was reached whereby the Accord assigned a new Trainer to conduct the Safety Committee Training Program in that factory and no further problems were reported. However, the factory closed before the Training Program could be completed.
Jeans Express Ltd. 03 May 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building. Accord engineers performed an inspection and found that the factory is safe for occupancy and production while the required remedial measures are completed. The Accord distributed a pamphlet to the workers to inform them of this. Accord engineers are continuing to monitor the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) implementation.
N.A. 28 April 2016 Non OSH Union Complaint filed by union federation member in relation to an internal federation matter. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord.
Fashion Trouser 24 April 2016 Resolved with involvement Safety Committee Individual Worker(s) Alleged unhealthy work environment due to lack of proper drinking water and excessive heat in the cutting section of the factory. In response to the complaint, factory management informed the Accord that cold drinking water will be provided for workers and that three ceiling fans were repaired in the cutting section. The Accord received pictorial evidence and confirmation from the Safety Committee that the issues identified in the complaint had been resolved.
S.Six Fashions Pvt Ltd 20 April 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Safety concern raised by workers who reported cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers conducted an inspection and found several immediate structural concerns. The factory agreed to remediate the immediate concerns and conduct a Detailed Engineering Assessment (DEA). The Accord distributed a pamphlet among the workers to inform them as to the outcome of the Complaint. Accord engineers are continuing to monitor the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) implementation.
Rising Fashions Ltd. 19 April 2016 Resolved Union Safety concern raised by union reporting cracks in the building (post-earthquake). Accord engineers performed an inspection to investigate the complaint, and concluded that the factory building was safe for occupancy and that production may continue, providing that the safe load plan is strictly followed. A pamphlet has been distributed to inform workers of the findings. See factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for remediation status.
CHITTAGONG KNITWEAR PVT LTD 10 April 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Alleged excessive workload. Factory management agreed to reduce the number of machines that had to be operated by each worker. Pamphlet distributed to workers.
CONTINENTAL APPARELS LIMITED 10 April 2016 Case closed due to factory closure Individual Worker(s) Safety concern raised by union alleging cracks in the building. Accord engineers conducted a structural assessment and found critical findings requiring temporary suspension of production and evacuation of the building. The Accord issued a critical findings letter to the parties and ordered temporary evacuation. Accord received information that the factory permanently closed. Worker severance payments agreed with factory, BGMEA and union federation.
Jeans Express Ltd. 06 April 2016 Unresolved but Closed Individual Worker(s) Alleged misbehaviour by factory management towards Safety Committee members. Following a number of discussions between the Accord and the Complainant, the Complainant disengaged from the process.
Friends Stylewear Ltd. 01 April 2016 Non OSH Union Alleged union discrimination violations. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Tanaz Fashions Ltd. 13 March 2016 Non OSH Union Alleged non-payment of maternity benefits. Non-OSH complaint. Not processed by Accord. Complaint forwarded to signatories and labour partners.
Rumana Fashion Ltd. 04 March 2016 Resolved Individual Worker(s) Complaint filed by a worker regarding heat generation by fusing machine creating an excessively hot work environment. Accord engineers investigated the complaint and determined that air circulation needed to be increased. The factory management committed to creating airflow through opening windows, installation of larger exhaust fans, and regular maintenance of fusing machines. The Safety Committee was involved in the process and workers were informed of the resolution through the PA system and distribution of a notification.
Bengal Textile Mills 29 February 2016 Not processed Individual Worker(s) Alleged non-payment of wages Not processed. Factory is not a listed supplier of Accord.
M.N. Clothing Limited 28 February 2016 Resolved Union Complaint filed by the union on behalf of workers of H.B. Fashion which is housed in the same building, alleging a partal collapse of a brick wall/portion of the building resulting in setttling of the foundation of the building. Accord engineers performed an inspection to investigate the complaint, and concluded that there was no collapse of a wall or other portion of the building nor was there settling of the foundation of the building. However, they observed that several remediation requirements and restrictions related to the Review Panel decision were not being met. Accord required immediate propping of columns and implementation of Review Panel requirements and informed the IG. Accord will continue to monitor remediation.
Azim Mannan Garments Ltd. 09 February 2016 Resolved Anonymous Alleged unsafe working condition as a result of structural integrity of the building. Accord engineers conducted an inspection and found that load management and load restriction requirements were not being adhered to.The factory has agreed to maintain a stricter regime of monitoring the load plan on all floors. Pamphlet had been distributed among the workers. Accord engineers are continuing to monitor the factory Corrective Action Plan (CAP) implementation.
Masco Cottons Ltd 18 January 2016 Resolved through seperate agreement between union &employer Union Alleged reprisal towards union members and union officers for their interest and involvement in Accord safety committee program. Negotiated settlement reached between union and employer outside Accord complaint process.
N. T. Apparels Ltd. 07 January 2016 Resolved Union Complaint from union alleging the building is structurally unsafe with highly stressed columns and no as built drawings. Further allegations concerning inadequate fire and electrical remediation. The retrofitting work has been completed and assessed by the Accord to be in conformity with the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) requirements. A pamphlet was distributed to workers to advise them as to the outcome of the case.
Prime Sweater Ltd. 01 February 2016 Non OSH Union The Complainant alledged that the Factory Management did not inform the workers as to where and when the factory would be relocated and whether the workers will keep their employment. Non-OSH Complaint. Not processed by the Accord.

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