Who are the members of the Coordination Committee?
The Committee consists of representatives from the Ministry of Labour of the Government of Bangladesh, the local and international garment industry, local and international trade unions and local and international non-governmental organisations. The International Labour Organisation acts as a neutral and independent chair.
The members of the coordination committee are:
- Government: The Ministry of Labour and Employment, Bangladesh;
- Industry: Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers’ Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF),
- Trade unions: IndustriALL Bangladesh Council (IBC), National Coordination Committee for Workers’ Education (NCCWE), IndustriALL Global Union
- Brands: El Corte Ingles, Loblaw and Primark
- Non Governmental Organisations: Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC)
What are the aims and objectives of the Coordination Committee?
Members of the Coordination Committee have agreed to cooperate together in order to:
a) Oversee the administration of the Coordinated scheme to provide payments to the victims of the Rana Plaza accident and their families and dependents in a transparent and equitable manner according to their losses, as well as access to medical care for victims in need
b) Implement the practical guidelines in the Arrangement including to set up the single approach, provide assistance to the victims through counselling and other appropriate support, manage information about the victims and payments to them, appoint Commissioners and technical staff to verify the validity and value of each claim, and authorize individual awards.
What are the main activities of the Coordination Committee?
The Coordination Committee has a number of key roles. These are to:
- Over-see the implementation of the Practical Guidelines set out in the Arrangement,
- Set total levels of funding need to enable payments to be made to the RP victims, based on the calculations made in line with ILO standards
- Set a total level of administrative costs for the necessary expert support, and for setting up and servicing a Trust Fund
- Adopt procedures for review and decisions on claims as are necessary and appropriate
- Set up temporary expert support, if needed, for the purpose of assisting in the evaluation and determination of compensable losses,
- Establish appropriate mechanisms for payments to the victims,
- Authorize the payment of awards submitted to it, including from an independent Donors’ Trust Fund voluntarily set up for that purpose
- Approve a budget for the above resources, review reports and audits of its operation, and authorize amounts to be paid, including from the Trust Fund
- Establish internal procedures for its functioning and decision-making.
The Coordination Committee is also tasked with monitoring and reviewing the system and proposing amendments and changes wherever it considers it is necessary to do so. The Committee also has the authority to instruct the Trustee to close the Fund and to terminate the claims process when it considers the aims and objectives of the Arrangement have been met.
Can other organisations join the Coordination Committee?
The aim of the coordination committee is to have fair representation from all the involved stakeholders. At the moment the Committee is not actively recruiting new members, but this could be done if the Committee deemed it necessary and useful.
Who else is involved in the work of the Coordination Committee?
Although all decisions on the above areas of work are made solely by the Committee, it has employed technical experts to provide advice and support on key areas of the programme. These have included experts from the United Nations and the International Labour Organisation, who have supported the Committee in developing its agreed standards for calculation of losses, provision of medical assessments and its implementation processes.
Other organisations have been hired to develop software and databases required for the claims processing, provision of legal assistance for claimants, provision of financial and banking services, support and advice for claimants and for the overall administration of the system. Where possible the Coordination Committee has used local expertise to deliver these aspects of the claims processing system, thus building local capacity for future needs in the country.
The terms and conditions under which the Coordination Committee were established are including in the Arrangement.
If you have any further questions please email the Coordination Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.