Labour Issues

Towards increased actions against factory fires in Bangladesh

On 24 November, more than 100 people were killed and hundreds injured during a fire at Tazreen Fashions in Bangladesh. Although the factory had no trade relations with any BSCI Participant, it was audited in December 2011 and rated 'improvement needed', notably with regard to several health and safety non-compliances.

BSCI Meets Thai Government to Discuss Progress on Labour Issues

BSCI continuously monitors labour conditions in Thailand to ensure progress is made in addressing issues of slavery on fishing boats and poor working conditions for migrant workers. In the framework of these activities, BSCI met in Brussels on 5 March with a delegation from the Thai government and representatives from the Thai Tuna Industry Association and Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation to discuss the role of the Thai authorities in enforcing labour laws and human rights.

BSCI Continues Social Dialogue to Boost Bangladesh’s RMG Sector

BSCI continues to build dialogue between all stakeholders to promote labour improvement in the garment and textile sector in Bangladesh, one of the top sourcing markets for its companies. As part of this, BSCI partnered the recently-held 3rd Global Social Responsibility Conference in Dhaka, which united various stakeholders from business associations and international organisations to discuss ways to reinforce the sector.

BSCI Supports Better Working Conditions for Migrant Workers in Turkey

On 15 January 2015 BSCI facilitated the third in a series of Round Table meetings in Istanbul (Turkey) to dialogue on working conditions for migrant workers, amongst other local labour issues. Uniting leading representatives from NGOs, government, academics, and labour union representatives, the meeting provided updates on national legislation for migrant workers and an overview of steps being taken to improve their situation.

BSCI Welcomes Increased Wage for Workers in Turkey

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) has welcomed an increase in the minimum monthly wage, which came into force in Turkey on 1 January 2015. A mandated Commission formed by representatives of unions, employers and the Turkish government, agreed on a 12.3% salary increase to be implemented in two phases: an initial 6% rise in the first six months of the year and an additional 6% for the second half of 2015.