Accord’s appeal hearing adjourned till May 19

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 16,2019

 
 

The Appellate Division on Monday adjourned until May 19 the hearing of an appeal filed by Accord, a platform of European brands and buyers for factory inspection and remediation, against the High Court’s directive to wind up its operation.
A four-member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain rescheduled the hearing after Accord sought additional four weeks to compromise with the government over continuing its
business.
Additional attorney general Murad Reza appearing for the labour ministry opposed the adjournment.
According to the agreement with the government, the five-year tenure of Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh expired in May, 2018.
The government, however, extended the programme for six months. The extended tenure of the platform also expired.
The High Court Division had asked the government not to extend the fire and building safety programme of Accord.
The Appellate Division after hearing Accord’s appeal stayed the High Court’s decision.
Since then Accord has been seeking time at the hearing at the Appellate Division.
The HC had issued the directive after hearing a writ petition filed by a factory owner.
Buyers from EU countries formed the platform in 2013 after the deadly Rana Plaza collapse, which killed more than 1,100 people, mostly apparel workers, to inspect the building and fire safety of factories in Bangladesh.
Another factory safety initiative of North American retailers, Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, has wound up its operations in the country after the expiry of its tenure.

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