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The Journal Gazette

Friday, May 17, 2013 5:28 pm

US wants Bangladesh progress on labor standards

The Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. wants to see Bangladesh move forward on improving labor standards after a building collapse that killed hundreds of garment workers.

Kerry met Friday with Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and expressed deep sadness over the Rana Plaza disaster three weeks ago in which 1,127 people died.

Kerry said he hoped it would spur cooperation on labor standards and worker rights.

It was the worst tragedy in the history of the global garment industry, and foreign retailers that source from Bangladesh are scrambling to improve factory safety and oversight.

The Bangladeshi government is also under pressure to improve conditions for workers.

The U.S. government has been conducting a labor rights review and will decide in June whether to withdraw duty-free privileges for Bangladesh.