Bangladesh pledges to reform labour laws

from the Financial Times Asia-Pacific..

May 5, 2013, By Amy Kazmin in New Delhi

Bangladesh’s government has pledged to reform its labour laws, beef up its factory inspection capacity and ensure the basic safety of all garment factories as it seeks to demonstrate to western brands that it is serious about improving conditions in its $19bn garment-making industry.

The country, which relies on garments for 80 per cent of its exports, is facing a serious threat that many western retailers will stop sourcing from its factories.High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights.

The April 24 collapse of an eight storey factory building brought global attention to the industry’s poor record on safety and workers’ basic rights. The official death toll from the collapse of the Rana Plaza, which housed five garment factories making clothes for brands such as Primark, Benetton, Mango and others, climbed over 600 on Sunday, as more bodies were retrieved from the rubble….

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