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Retailers agree Bangladesh factory safety deal

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A group of mostly European retailers has finalised a plan for coordinated inspections of factories in Bangladesh.

That follows a series of deadly incidents, including the deaths of more than 1,100 people when a poorly built garment making centre collapsed there in April.

The legally-binding accord has been signed by 70 brands, including the world’s two biggest fashion retailers, Inditex and H&M.

They have agreed to accept legal responsibility for safety at their Bangladesh factories.

But a number of US chains, including Wal-Mart and Gap, prefer to support a non-binding initiative, saying the other deal gives unions too much power over ensuring workplace safety.

Bangladesh has pledged to improve safety, hire more inspectors and increase workers’ rights.