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Bangladesh Cabinet OK’s expanded benefits for workers

NEW DELHI — Bangladesh’s Cabinet approved changes to the nation’s labor laws Monday that officials say will expand benefits for garment workers and make it easier to form trade unions. The steps came a day after the government promised to push for higher pay in an export clothing industry with the lowest wages in the world.

The new initiatives are partly in response to outrage over conditions in the country’s garment sector after the April 24 collapse of a garment factory building, Rana Plaza, in Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, the nation’s capital. By Monday afternoon, at least 1,127 people were confirmed to have died in the Rana Plaza collapse, a number that could still rise, in what is now considered the deadliest disaster in the history of the garment industry.

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