Retailers sign on for safety in Bangladesh

Several high-profile retailers, including H&M, Primark, C&A and Zara, have signed an agreement to improve safety conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories.

This development comes on the heels of a building collapse on April 24th in the capital city of Dhaka, which killed over 1,100 garment industry workers. The incident has sparked widespread unrest and protests of working conditions across the country, resulting in the closure of several factories, reports the BBC.

The Bangladeshi government has also announced plans to improve worker conditions, including increased wages and allowing garment industry employees to form unions without needing the permission of factory owners. In the past, workers attempting to unionize were often the victims of harassment and beatings.

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Under the new laws, minimum wage for those in the textiles industry will rise to £25 a month, still amongst the lowest in the world.
American company Gap Inc. refused to sign the agreement, saying it would only do so if changes to rules regarding dispute resolution were made.

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