Monday, November 26, 2012

112 Bangladesh workers died making your clothes

It is not that it was unexpected.
"The Tazreen fire is the latest in a series of deadly blazes at garment factories in Bangladesh, where more than 700 workers, many making clothes for U.S. consumers, have died in factory fires in the past five years. As previously reported by ABC News, Bangladesh has some of the cheapest labor in the world and some of the most deplorable working conditions." [Fire Kills 112 Workers Making Clothes for US Brands].
From the original ABC News report:
"The industry and parent brands in the U.S. have been warned again and again about the extreme danger to workers in Bangladesh and they have not taken action," said Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, an American group working to improve conditions at factories abroad that make clothes for U.S. companies. Nova said the fire was the most deadly in the history of the Bangladesh apparel industry, and "one of the worst in any country." [Link added].
The reason jobs are outsourced is that companies can use "some of the cheapest labor in the world" and make the workers work in "some of the most deplorable working conditions." While there is a tendency to blame only the corporations - consumers are much to blame too.

Boycotting goods made under such working conditions would a good step to leveling the playing field for all workers. But then your Wal-Mart, Sears and Sean "Diddy" Combs clothes would cost more - or would it?.

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