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Pope Francis has condemned "slave labour" in Bangladesh after at least 400 people were killed in the Dhaka factory collapse, according to news agency AFP.
The number of people killed in a building collapse in Bangladesh has hit 400, police said.
The Retail Council of Canada, which represents operators of more than 43,000 stores in Canada, has said it will work towards a new set of safety guidelines for factory workers following the fatal collapse of a building in Dhaka.
The council said it would work with international organisations, the Bangladeshi government and others to find ways to address safety in the Bangladesh garment industry.
The European Union is considering action to encourage better labour conditions in Bangladesh after the collapse of a building killed at least 390 people, many of them factory workers making clothes for Western retailers.
A statement issued by the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and trade commissioner Karel de Gucht said:
UK clothing retailer Bonmarché has not yet decided whether to follow the lead of other firms in offering assistance to workers at their suppliers in Bangladesh following the tragic Dhaka factory collapse.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner has condemned international companies for “haggling over every cent” in the aftermath of the catastrophic factory collapse in Dhaka.
Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said the attitudes of firms trading with the country “has a negative impact on the terms of employment and on work conditions”.
He told ITV News: “We have seen the buyers when they travel to Bangladesh.
“They go round these manufacturers and they negotiate every cent of it and, at the end of the day, they place their order with those who give them the most economy in terms of cents.
“That’s a pity because if you are cutting a cent here, then you are cutting a cent across the entire production chain.”
The UK based company Premier Clothing, which specialises in selling uniforms for the workplace, said it would provide "practical and financial assistance" to one of it suppliers involved in the building collapse in Bangladesh.
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A young woman has been freed from the wreckage of a building in the Bangladeshi capital 17 days after its collapse killed hundreds.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner has told me he believes that Western companies share some of the blame for conditions in Dhaka's factories.