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to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and the Commission

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on recent casualties in textile factory fires, notably in Bangladesh (2012/2908(RSP))

Charles Tannock on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on recent casualties in textile factory fires, notably in Bangladesh (2012/2908(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions on Bangladesh,

–   having regard to the statement of 27 November 2012 of the EU delegation in Bangladesh,

–   having regard to the Communication from the Commission of 24 May 2006 on promoting decent work for all (COM/2006/0249),

–   having regard to Rule 110(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas on 24 November 2012 more than 110 people died in a textile factory fire in a Tazreen Fashions factory, located in Ashulia, just outside Dhaka;

B.  whereas Bangladesh has more than 4 500 garment factories which employ more than four million workers, many of them young women; whereas the industry is crucial to the national economy as a source of employment and foreign currency, as garments constitute about 80 % of the country’s exports;

C. whereas Bangladesh’s garment factories produce for many international clothing brands, including European garment brands, with 57 % of all its exports going to the EU;

D. whereas circumstances in the textile factories are often poor, with little regard for labour rights such as those recognised under the ILO’s main conventions, and sometimes with little or no regard for fire safety;

E.  whereas the Tazreen Fashions factory produced garments for C&A, among others; whereas C&A has pledged EUR 5 million for victim compensation and programmes to improve health and safety standards for textile factory workers in Bangladesh;

F.  whereas the EU, under the ‘Promotion of Labour Standards in the Ready-Made Garments (RMG) sector’ project, is currently giving support to the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in order to provide compliance audits to factories and to train labour inspectors and factory compliance auditors; whereas, furthermore, the EU has provided equipment and training to the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence Directorate;

G. whereas there have been increasing numbers of textile factory fires in recent months, in Bangladesh and in other countries, including those in the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore on 11 September 2012, which killed 315 people and seriously injured more than 250;

1.  Expresses its shock at the Tazreen factory fire and extends its sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families;

2.  Is deeply concerned about the recurring phenomenon of textile factory fires in Bangladesh and other low-wage garment-producing countries such as Pakistan;

3.  Calls on the Government of Bangladesh to continue its investigations into the causes of the fire and to prosecute those who are found responsible; calls, furthermore, on the Government of Bangladesh to invest in a country-wide programme of inspections to ensure that the buildings currently in use are fit for purpose and that the buildings and their wiring meet occupational health and safety standards;

4.  Calls on all factory owners in Bangladesh to review immediately the safety procedures in place at their factories and to carry out checks on the buildings, including with regard to electrical safety;

5.  Calls on European garment brands to critically investigate their supply chains and to cooperate with their subcontractors to improve occupational health and safety standards;

6.  Urges all stakeholders to combat corruption in the supply chain which can lead to life‑threatening circumstances such as those caused by falsified or unlawfully obtained safety certificates;

7.  Asks the Commission to continue and, if necessary, expand its current undertakings regarding factory safety in Bangladesh and other countries;

8.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Government, Parliament and Home Ministry of Bangladesh, and the governments and parliaments of the EU Member States.


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