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Nova also said that the North American alliance doesn't properly empower workers. According to the global accord, worker representatives have the power to initiate enforcement proceedings against companies that fail to comply with their obligations. And with the involvement of the local unions, factory workers will be informed of the potential danger of a factory and their right to refuse to enter a potentially unsafe building.
As part of the agreement with North American companies, a hotline will be set up in November that will allow workers to call in their concerns. Recently, the Bangladesh government passed a law that requires that factory workers be represented by an elected worker committee and Wal-Mart and others said Wednesday they will make sure that will be enforced in the factories they do business with.
With the global accord, a board made up of labor and retail representatives would oversee dispute resolutions that would be enforceable in the courts of the country where the company is based.
The group of North American companies worked with former U.S. Sens. George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe and solicited input from the ambassador of Bangladesh to the U.S., U.S. Bangladesh Advisory Council and the U.S. Department of State, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The other retailers that have signed on to the pact are Children's Place, Hudson's Bay Co., Macy's Inc., Nordstrom Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Kohl's Corp. and Jones Group Inc.
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