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Bangladesh to allow unions to form without bosses' permission

Radio Australia |  By  | May, 14 2013 |  Share  | Source Article

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Workers' rights in Bangladesh have come under the spotlight after the collapse of a factory that killed 1,127 people.

Amazingly a young woman was pulled out alive a few days ago, surviving 17 days under the rubble.

Bangladesh is the world's third-biggest exporter of clothes, after China and Italy, and its millions of garment workers typically earn less than $40 a month.

This new agreement, however, appears to grant workers more freedom.

But the director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Charlie Kernaghan, says he is more sceptical.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Charlie Kernaghan, Director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights