GSP withdrawal for Bangladesh under consideration: US

Decision on next steps by June
The United States on Thursday said withdrawal of Generalised System of Preferences facility for Bangladesh was under consideration and the decision on it would be announced by the end of June.
‘All options remain under consideration, including possible suspension, limitation or withdrawal of GSP benefits,’ said Lewis Karesh, who handles labour

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RMG workers block highway for salary

Hundreds of agitated ready-made garment workers of the five garments factories housed at the collapsed Rana Plaza brought out a procession along with the relatives of the deceased, injured and missing workers blocking the Dhaka-Aricha highway on Tuesday. During their more than two-hour long protests, movement of all kinds of vehicles were completely halted fearing vandalism,

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Garment workers clash with police: 100 injured

At least 100 workers of readymade garments (RMG) factories were injured when police charged batons on them on the compound of Rana Plaza, the building which collapsed on Tuesday morning.
Of those injured, 22 were admitted to different local hospitals and private clinics in a critical condition. Witnesses said thousands of RMG workers of different

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All efforts for Shahina go in vain

Despite the rescuers’ zeal and tireless efforts and prayers of millions of people, Shahina Akter could not be rescued from the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar. The lifeless body of the garment worker, who was a widow from Pakhimara Village of Khepupara upazila under Patuakhali district, was finally retrieved from a burnt tunnel at 4:15 pm on Monday afternoon.

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8 orgs call strike in RMG factories for Sunday

Eight organisations of the garment workers on Friday called a daylong strike in all RMG factories across the country for Sunday in support of their seven-point demand, including the arrest of Rana Plaza and its factory owners. Prior to the work abstention, the organisations working on garment workers’ rights, will hold black-flag processions across

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H&M boss backs wage hike

H&M, the Swedish retail giant for clothing, yesterday suggested the government should increase wages for garment workers to help improve their living standards.
Chief executive of the company Karl-Johan Persson also asked for an annual review of the wages of the workers.
He spoke at a press briefing at Radisson Winter Garden Hotel in Dhaka. David Savman,

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Workers block road over house rent hike

Several hundred garment workers barricaded the main thoroughfare in Chittagong for several hours yesterday after police obstructed their rally called to protest frequent rise in house rents.
Due to the blockade, traffic remained stranded on the Airport Road since 3:30pm until police high officials around 9:15pm assured the agitators of steps to meet their

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