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Bangladesh urges no harsh EU measures over factory deaths

Published on May 4, 2013 6:54 PM
 
Rescue workers attempt to find survivors from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, around 30km outside Dhaka on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Bangladesh on Saturday urged the European Union not to take tough measures against its economically crucial textile industry in response to the collapse of a garment factory that killed nearly 550 people. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (REUTERS) - Bangladesh urged on Saturday urged the European Union not to take tough measures against its economically crucial textile industry in response to the collapse of a garment factory that killed nearly 550 people.

Bodies were still being pulled from the ruins on Saturday as tearful families stood by waiting for news of victims of the country's worst ever industrial accident.

The European Union, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi garments, had threatened punitive measures in order to press Dhaka to improve worker safety standards after the collapse of the illegally built factory on April 24.

The disaster has put the spotlight on Western retailers who use the impoverished South Asian nation as a source of cheap goods.

 
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