Bangladesh Asks EU to Go Easy

    A Bangladeshi family member poses as she holds up the portrait of her missing relative, believed to be trapped in the rubble of an eight-storey building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on May 3, 2013. The death toll from last week's collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh has passed 500 as the country's prime minister said Western retailers had to share some of the blame for the tragedy. With bulldozers now clawing away at the mountain of rubble at the site of last Wednesday's disaster, the number of bodies being recovered from the country's deadliest industrial disaster has been increasing sharply. AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bangladeshi with photo of missing relative in Dhaka on Friday. (Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty)

    Proof of how reliant Bangladesh is on the garment industry: the country begged the European Union not to institute "harsh trade conditions" after a factory building collapse that killed over 500 people. It was the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh's history. The top civil servant in Bangladesh's Commerce Ministry worries that if sanctions are imposed "millions of workers"—who earn as little as $38 per month—"will lose their jobs." The European Union, which gives preferential access to Bangladeshi garments, hopes to press authorities to improve safety standards in response to the horrific accident.

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