Liberty Fashion Wears Limited, one of the largest supplier factories of European brands, on Monday demanded compliance clearance from the EU buyers’ platform Accord to resume production for the global buyers as the unit remained closed since May 2013 due to ‘noncompliance’.
Mozammel Huq, chairman and managing director of Liberty Fashion Wears, made the demand at a press conference at National Press Club saying that he incurred losses worth Tk 600 crore for the closure.
Just after the Rana Plaza building collapse in April 2013, Medway Consultancy Services, an audit firm of British retailer Tesco, conducted safety inspection in the factory at Zirani of Savar and announced the factory building vulnerable.
Following Rana Plaza tragedy that killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, more than 200 brands and buyers of EU formed Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh undertaking a five-year plan, which set timeframes and accountability for inspections and training and workers empowerment programmes.
After the formation of Accord, all the signatory buyers and brands recognised the inspection report of Medway Consultancy Services and stopped procurement from the factory.
‘I have been compelled to close my factory due to the false report produced by the audit firm of Tesco. Experts of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and the International Labour Organisation conducted separate inspection in my factory and said the building is safe,’ Mozammel said.
He said that despite repeated requests Accord did not agree to conduct further inspection in the units as one of the signatories of the platform announced the factory unsafe.
Letter on, Accord conducted an inspection in the factory as High Court directed the platform to conduct inspection and resolve the issue, Mozammel said.
‘Despite having the court order, Accord is yet to resolve the issue and still the platform sticks to the false inspection report,’ he said.
Replying to question, Mozammel said that the irrational decision of EU buyers displaced 5,000 workers from their workplace and only Tk 3 crore were given from brands to pay the workers’ wages and allowances.
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