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Bangladesh to allow unions to form without bosses' permission

Bangladesh to allow unions to form without bosses' permission

Updated 14 May 2013, 15:09 AEST

As the search for survivors in Bangladesh's collapsed garment factory ends, there is some good news, with the government agreeing to allow workers to form unions without permission from factory owners.

Workers' rights in Bangladesh have come under the spotlight after the collapse of a factory that killed 1,127 people.

Amazingly a young woman was pulled out alive a few days ago, surviving 17 days under the rubble.

Bangladesh is the world's third-biggest exporter of clothes, after China and Italy, and its millions of garment workers typically earn less than $40 a month.

This new agreement, however, appears to grant workers more freedom.

But the director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, Charlie Kernaghan, says he is more sceptical.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Charlie Kernaghan, Director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

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