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Firms back Bangladesh safety plan

The owner of TopShop has joined other retailers including Primark and H&M in signing up to a deal on better safety checks in Bangladesh aimed at preventing any repeats of the building collapse that left more than 1,000 workers dead.

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EU 'considering action' over Dhaka building collapse

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:

The EU is presently considering appropriate action, including through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) - through which Bangladesh currently receives duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market under the 'Everything But Arms' scheme - in order to incentivise responsible management of supply chains involving developing countries.

– eu statement

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