Bangladeshi factory workers fear rollback of safety measures
19 June 2021 | 1:17 pm
Bangladeshi textile workers fear for their safety following the expiration of a successful accord brought in after the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster. Global unions say firms could revert to an old model of self-monitoring.
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