Majority of Bangladesh garment factories ‘vulnerable to collapse’

Survey conducted in wake of Rana Plaza factory collapse reveals three-fifths of such buildings are cause for concernThree-fifths of garment factories in Bangladesh are vulnerable to collapse, according to a survey by engineers in the country.Last month concrete pillars supporting the eight-storey Rana Plaza building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, gave way. More […]
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Death in Bangladesh is too high a price for quick-fix fashion | Rosalind Jana

I love fashion but I try to buy fewer well-made clothes produced under fair wages. No one should have to suffer for our styleI cried when I saw the photograph (warning: graphic content). Two people, one holding the other with eyes closed and skin dusted grey. A single, devastating moment in a disaster killing more […]
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Walmart opts out of Bangladesh safety agreement

Asda owner says deal signed by rivals is unnecessary and agrees to inspect factories it uses in country within six monthsWalmart has confirmed it will not sign up to a legally binding agreement on worker safety and building regulations in Bangladesh supported by retailers including H&M, Zara, Primark, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Next, C&A […]
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Eight top fashion retailers fail to sign Bangladesh safety accord

The accord on building safety in Bangladesh has been signed by Primark, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Zara and Tesco At least eight of the UK’s leading fashion retailers had last night failed to put their names to a legally binding initiative to offer financial support for fire safety and building improvements in the wake of […]
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Fashion still doesn’t give a damn about the deaths of garment workers | Lucy Siegle

A campaign launched this week aims to ensure the tragedy is a tipping point for both the industry and consumersA week on, the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Bangladesh is now the deadliest catastrophe in the history of the garment industry, with the death toll exceeding 500. The gruesome accounts of rescuers cutting off limbs from […]
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Bangladesh factory collapse: rescuers find owner’s gun as death toll hits 550

Dhaka police are questioning Rana plaza owner Sohel Rana about gun licence, and have arrested structural engineerRescue workers combing through the rubble of the factory complex that collapsed in Bangladesh killing more than 500 people have found a pistol belonging to the building’s owner.Dhaka police say that Sohel Rana has accepted that the weapon belonged […]
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Retailers compensate Dhaka victims

Primark UK and Loblaw of Canada urge other companies to help families of Bangladesh building collapse workersThe UK high street retailer Primark and Canadian counterpart Loblaws have announced they will compensate the victims of last week’s collapse of a Bangladeshi factory complex where suppliers of some of their clothing lines were located.The illegally constructed, eight-storey […]
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Primark urges other UK retailers to join it in compensating Bangladesh victims

Clothing chain says it will help families of workers buried when Dhaka building collapsed but balks at union’s safety demandsPrimark has announced that it will pay compensation to the victims of last week’s collapse of a Bangladeshi factory complex, where one of the high-street retailer’s suppliers was located.The illegally constructed, eight-storey Rana Plaza collapsed in […]
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