Textile workers struggle for rights | Globalization | DW | 03.06.2013
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Textile workers struggle for rights

The deaths of hundreds of people in unsafe factories in Bangladesh and Cambodia have thrown the spotlight on working conditions in developing countries - and the western retailers that benefit from them.

When an unsafe garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed last month, claiming over a thousand lives, it not only sparked widespread unrest in the country - culminating in violent protests - it also put sustainability in the global textile industry back on the agenda.

A deal signed by 31 mainly European retail chains pledged to make garment factories safer in the country, but a similar incident in a Cambodian sneaker factory - where two people were killed and 10 injured - showed that the problem is deeper and cannot be solved overnight. We take a closer look.

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