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NZ retailers criticised for not backing Bangladesh safety pact

Date of Release: 
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some of New Zealand's largest discount retailers are not signing up to a legally binding initiative offering financial aid for building and fire safety after the Bangladesh garment disaster, which left thousands dead or injured.

The Warehouse and Kmart sell Bangladeshi-made clothes, but deny their stock came from the eight-storey factory, which collapsed on April 24.

Yesterday, Kmart confirmed it did not sign the accord on fire and safety in Bangladesh, which has been signed by international chains, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Marks & Spencer, Zara and Tesco.

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First Union, a union representing retail and clothing workers in New Zealand, criticised Kmart's decision to not be part of the accord.

"Many international retail and fashion companies have made a commitment to do better for the workers of Bangladesh," said general secretary Robert Reid.

Excerpt from NZ Herald article - read the full article online here.

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