Labor Dept. Will Fund Projects to Improve Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced June 13 a $2.5 million competitive grant solicitation to fund improvements in the enforcement and monitoring of fire and building safety standards to better protect workers in the ready-made garment sector of Bangladesh. The DOL notes that in recent months the government of Bangladesh, industry, worker and civil society organizations and other groups have engaged in stepped-up efforts to address fire and building safety concerns. However, the government and other stakeholders still have a great deal of additional work to do in order to implement existing and developing plans.
To assist in these efforts the DOL will fund one or more recipients who will work to (1) strengthen the Bangladesh government’s ability to improve its enforcement of fire and building safety standards and (2) build the capacity of worker organizations to effectively monitor violations of fire and building safety standards and abate related hazards in the ready-made garment sector. Grant applications must be submitted to the DOL by Aug. 2.