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    Default 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire: UPDATE 700 + people died in Building Collapse, Bangladesh

    Amid the ash, broken glass and melted sewing machines at what is left of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, there are piles of blue, red and off-white children's shorts bearing Walmart's Faded Glory brand. Shorts from hip-hop star Sean Combs's ENYCE label lay on the floor and are stacked in cartons.

    These and other clothes, including sweaters from the French company Teddy Smith, were found Wednesday among the equipment charred in the fire that killed 112 workers Saturday. He also found entries in account books indicating that the factory took orders to produce clothes for Disney, Sears and other western brands.
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    Default Re: 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire

    The garment industry has an awful history of tragedies like this. Unionisation, casually dismissed on the thread about the making of the Hobbit, is the answer.

    Workers who survived the fire say exit doors were locked, and a fire official has said that far fewer people would have died if there had been even one emergency exit. Of the dead, 53 bodies were burned so badly they could not be identified; they were buried anonymously.
    The fire started on the ground floor, where a factory worker named Nasima said stacks of yarn and clothes blocked part of the stairway.



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    Default Re: 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    The garment industry has an awful history of tragedies like this. Unionisation, casually dismissed on the thread about the making of the Hobbit, is the answer.

    +1 and more stringent healht and safety laws

    There is a small movement to improve the laws in Bangladesh

    http://www.oshebd.org/

    Its an initiative set up and help being run by the International Labour Organisation
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    The garment factory did not have a valid safety license at the time of the blaze, an official said. The Tazreen Fashion's fire safety license expired in June this year and the owners had not subsequently applied for a new one, said the fire department's administrative director Abdus Salam.
    "Its license for 2011-12 year expired on June 30 this year and they did not come to us for renewing the fire safety certificate for 2012-13. We approve licenses only after inspecting factory conditions,"
    Mr Salam said the official government inquiry team would submit its report in the third week of the month.

    The victims, who were mostly women paid as little as $37 a month.
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    At least 100 people crushed to death in a collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh. Designer clothing factory.
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    Default Re: 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire

    How many of our retail stores are supplied by the scum that owned this sweat shop ?.
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    Default Re: 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire

    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Tully View Post
    How many of our retail stores are supplied by the scum that owned this sweat shop ?.
    Is it time we demanded the same kind of traceability for clothes that we try to for food ?

    Make it compulsory to put a photo of the factory and the wage scale on the packaging ?
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    It should be the case, but look at the way trace on our food items were treated by the scum at the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Tully View Post
    It should be the case, but look at the way trace on our food items were treated by the scum at the top.
    Yes, they will need to do it themselves, but it would be good if there was some way we could support them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Is it time we demanded the same kind of traceability for clothes that we try to for food ?

    Make it compulsory to put a photo of the factory and the wage scale on the packaging ?
    What if some greedy businessman destroyed the tracing system by smuggling in his stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    What if some greedy businessman destroyed the tracing system by smuggling in his stuff?
    Leading question, Mr. Block. We're not talking about garlic smugglers here, but workers' rights to a safe workplace and decent wages, and how to vindicate them. There's a green-coloured sewer a few blocks away on the web where you might feel more at home...
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    Default Re: 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire

    Primark are among the clients of this place. They were found to be stocking the produce of child labour a few years ago. I remember Management in Penneys swearing blind to staff their stuff came from a different source to their parent company at the time. Oddly they issued a statement tonight


    The company is shocked and deeply saddened by this appalling incident at Savar, near Dhaka, and expresses its condolences to all of those involved.

    Penneys confirms that one of its suppliers occupied the second floor of the eight storey building, which housed several suppliers to the garment industry making clothing for a number of brands.

    Penneys has been engaged for several years with NGOs and other retailers to review the Bangladeshi industry’s approach to factory standards. Penneys will push for this review to also include building integrity.

    Meanwhile Penneys' ethical trade team is at this moment working to collect information, assess which communities the workers come from, and to provide support where possible.
    Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights Abuses in Bangladesh for 2012 record one murder and over 100 arrests

    http://survey.ituc-csi.org/Bangladesh.html

    Police attacks against demonstrating workers demanding better working conditions and higher wages were widespread. One worker was killed when police attacked protesting workers at Advanced Chemical Industries (ACI) Pharmaceuticals in Narayanganj. The use of contract workers continued to be a source of labour instability. The Bangladeshi High Court directed the government to stop forced labour and the enslavement of employees by confinement or tying up their hands or legs. There are numerous legal restrictions on the ability of EPZ workers to exercise their full rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

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    Default Re: 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire

    Over 200 people dead in the building collapse and hundreds more people still trapped, many still alive and calling for help.

    There are thousands of clothing workers protesting in the streets calling for buildings regulation of factories, being attacked by the police with sticks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Over 200 people dead in the building collapse and hundreds more people still trapped, many still alive and calling for help.

    There are thousands of clothing workers protesting in the streets calling for buildings regulation of factories, being attacked by the police with sticks.
    A hundred years on and capitalism's lust for ever-greater profits continues to cause carnage among workers and their families. Only the locations on the globe have changed; New York then, Dhaka today: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Default Re: 112 workers locked into sweatshop of western retailers die in fire

    Truly horrific, and all too typical exploitation.

    It isn't however as though shoppers don't know where the cheap clothes in shops come from. They too must accept blame for buying clothes they know are the product of effective modern day slavery. How many shoppers are influenced by ethical considerations in deciding what they should buy? Or do they have an attitude of saying that they don't care?

    I don't buy clothes in those sorts of shops precisely because I know how those clothes are sourced. I also don't fly with Ryanair because of how that company treats its staff. I have an issue about using non-union companies. Do many other people also approach their shopping that way? I don't know of many.
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