Blog: Bangladesh safety progress painfully slow
Leonie Barrie | 17 February 2014
Close to a year after the Rana Plaza disaster, progress on improving worker safety and labour rights in Bangladesh has been painfully slow - but who is responsible for the delays?
The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations last week heard that progress has been insufficient to justify a reinstatement of the Generalised System of Preference (GSP) benefits. And the testimonies show that much more needs to be done to comply with an action plan laid out by the US last year.
In a separate interview with just-style, Jeff Krilla, president and CEO of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, talks about the group's work so far to improve safety for the country's garment workers.
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