H&M And Zara To Sign Accord For Better Conditions In Bangladeshi Factories

Deal signed to prevent future tragedies following collapse of factory

H&M and Inditex which owns Zara are among European retailers who have agreed to sign a safety agreement aimed to prevent future factory tragedies in Bangladesh after over 1,100 people died following the collapse of the Rana Plaza complex on April 24.

The two fashion retailers do not make their clothes at Rana Plaza but the tragedy has seen a call for better regulation and oversight of factories in Bangladesh.

The collapse of the nine-storey garment factory is being called Bangladesh’s worst industrial disaster and hundreds of factories were forced to close on Monday after workers went on rampage, Bangladesh’s textile association said,

The disaster prompted a government announcement to improve conditions including raising the minimum wage for industry workers and making it easier for them to form unions.

Authorities have said that the rescue operation is now drawing to a close and the military will end its search for bodies on Tuesday when the site will be handed over to the district administration.

There have been numerous deadly incidents that turned heads to safety standards in Bangladesh’s export garment industry, which is the second biggest in the world.

Primark and Tesco have also signed up to the agreement called the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which is backed by two labour groups.

The deadline for retailers to sign the agreement is tomorrow, May 15.

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