After the disastrous fire that killed hundreds of Bangladeshi workers in a textile factory, Netherlands has pledged to help the country tackle human rights abuses in the sector. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is also making €9 million available to help improve the appalling conditions suffered by the country’s textile workers. The Netherlands will cofinance these efforts together with the textile sector. The Minister said,”We cannot accept textile workers being subjected to tremendous safety risks to make jeans and T-shirts for us,’ said the Minister. ‘Getting a low price is not the be-all and end-all. And to think that when we buy a T-shirt for 10 euros only 50 cents goes to the manufacturer. The race for the lowest price must be stopped.”

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