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Lee Cooper: Production is 'counterfeit or unauthorised'

LeeCooper declined to be interviewed by Exposure and company executives rejected an offer to view the footage gathered during the investigation.

In a brief statement they said:

“We employ a strict set of rules to ensure our licensees source responsibly and can confirm that this production is either counterfeit or unauthorised.

"We will take all steps to eliminate the unlawful production of Lee Cooper branded products.”

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Factory conditions 'illegal and morally reprehensible'

Southbay labels from the Vase Apparels factory were matched with shirts purchased from JD Williams outlets, Premier Man and Jacamo, in the UK.

In a statement N Brown Group, which owns JD Williams, told Exposure it was a “…caring, ethical company” which strongly believes anyone making its clothes has the right to a “fair wage and decent, safe working conditions.”

It said the conditions identified at Vase are “illegal and morally reprehensible” and added it was “shocked and disappointed” that some of their shirts had been sourced from the factory.

The company said it would work hard to improve conditions in Bangladesh and will never knowingly buy from factories which don’t meet their “…own high standards and those laid down by the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative).“

N Brown also said it had sacked its supplier Basic Shirts and fined its agent and would donate the money to a Rana Plaza victims’ fund.

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Workers 'forced to sign for non-existent safety training'

Workers are being coached by managers to lie to auditors when they inspect a factory and in secret filming evidence was seen that workers said they were forced to sign a register to record that they had completed non-existent safety training.

During one shift at Vase, a factory official asks workers to sign a register to record they had completed certain training courses.

But one worker is told this system is also being abused during undercover filming as the worker who signs has received no training.

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Giant fire destroys another garment factory in Dhaka

A huge fire has destroyed another Bangladesh garment factory supplying key Western brands in the Gazipur district of Dhaka, authorities said. There were no initial reports of casualties.

Smoke rises from a fire burning at a Standard Group garment factory in Gazipur Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

As many as 18,000 people worked at the factory, which is among the ten biggest in the country, but all employees had reportedly left by the time the fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Head of firefighting operations, Mahbubur Rahman, said he believed the fire had been started by some of the workers.

The head of firefighters said he believed it may have been arson Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj


The Dhaka factory survivors still waiting for help

In the weeks after the world's worst clothing factory disaster in Bangladesh, Western firms promised to compensate the families of those killed, and to help the survivors.

But ITV News has found that many victims have had little or no direct money or support.

Six months on, the dead are still being identified, and their families are struggling to survive.

ITV News Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg has returned to Dhaka in Bangladesh:

Workers' concerns about crack 'ignored by employer'

One of the survivors Action Aid has spoke to recalls how workers raised concerns about a crack in the building the day before it collapsed.

Naznin Akhter Nazma, 20, who was pregnant when pulled from the rubble and lost her husband in the collapse, told the charity:

The day before the factory collapsed we heard that a crack had developed on the second floor, we were told that the building was safe and threatened to withhold a month's pay if we didn’t attend work.

My husband worked on the second floor and I on the seventh floor. When the building collapsed I was unconscious for two hours. When I regained consciousness I found out that my husband was gone forever.

I heaved a sigh of relief when the doctor said my unborn baby was ok, but now I am worried that I can’t provide for my child. I haven’t had any compensation. My rent is five months overdue and soon shop keepers will stop giving me credit for food.

Lack of compensation from western firms 'indefensible'

A charity that has been working with victims of the Bangladesh building collapse has described the lack of compensation from western brands supplied by the factory as "indefensible".

Farah Kabir, ActionAid’s Country Director in Bangladesh said:

It’s indefensible that for nearly six months, multi million pound companies have left victims to fend for themselves.

While corporations sit on their hands, the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster are in urgent need of medical and psychological support, as well as the financial means to feed and care for their families.

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