By and  on May 14, 2013

In a major victory for labor rights activists, the Bangladesh government on Monday granted the right of workers to form trade unions in the core textile and apparel industry.

The move came in a day of dramatic developments as five of Europe’s largest retailers — H&M, Inditex, C&A, Primark and Tesco — agreed to sign a binding, five-year fire and building safety agreement covering hundreds of factories and thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh. The decision came in the wake of one of the worst industrial accidents in history as the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Savar, Bangladesh, has now claimed the lives of 1,127 people.

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