‘Give workers an equal seat’: pressure builds for Levi’s to protect factory employees

Activists say that the company’s own audits have been ineffective and workers receive inadequate safety protections

Workers and activists have been campaigning to push Levi’s, one of the world’s largest clothing brands, to sign on to an international accord for workers’ health and safety in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which housed five garment clothing factories, collapsed, killing 1,134 people and injuring approximately 2,500, in the deadliest disaster in the garment industry’s history.

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Bangladesh clothing factory safety deal in danger, warn unions

Without extension of legally binding 2013 accord, life-saving changes still required in factories will not go ahead

The future of a landmark deal to improve safety at clothing factories in Bangladesh is in doubt, unions have said, in the run-up to the eighth anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in which more than 1,100 garment workers died.

More than 200 brands, including Primark, Marks & Spencer and H&M, signed up to the Bangladesh accord on fire and building safety after the 2013 disaster at the factory in the outskirts of Dhaka. That deal, agreed with the international clothing workers’ unions UNI Global and IndustriALL, is due to expire next month.

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