Gar­ment fac­tory safety in­spec­tors forced to leave

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

An in­ter­na­tional in­spec­tion body put in place af­ter the col­lapse of a gar­ment fac­tory killed more than 1,100 peo­ple has been forced to leave the coun­try, with ac­tivists warn­ing of “pro­found and last­ing” con­se­quences for worker safety.

A high court re­strain­ing or­der came into force on 30 Novem­ber, forc­ing the Accord on Fire and Build­ing Safety in Bangladesh to close its Dhaka of­fice, lim­it­ing its abil­ity to in­spect thou­sands of fac­to­ries sup­ply­ing clothes for brands in­clud­ing H&M, Es­prit and Pri­mark. Around 1,450 fac­to­ries cov­ered by the ini­tia­tive are still in need of ur­gent safety up­grades.

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