Bangladesh mourns, calls factory fire "act of sabotage"

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audien wrote:

If American companies are involve. They need to be accountable and reported publicly. It shows greed at the expense of these people.
If Wal-Mart is involve, we need to hear their side of the story.

Nov 27, 2012 3:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DeSwiss wrote:

These factory owners along with their American clients will, no doubt, receive the same exacting punishment that Max Blanck and Isaac Harris got in 1911.

Which is to say: NONE. :-/

Nov 27, 2012 4:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JL4 wrote:

Funny how none of the American clothing made there was meant to be made there. It was supposed to be made somewhere else, but no one says where that was supposed to be.

Our corporations don’t care about the dead – it’s not their problem, it’s not their government, it’s not their safety regulation or violation. There are 300 people in line, willing to work for $37 a month. Think. One pair of jeans, or one sweater sold will pay for one worker’s salary for a month. Wow. That’s some profit margin.

Nov 27, 2012 5:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kiwibird wrote:

From what I have read Wal-Mart is pro-active in not supporting factories with poor fire safety standards.

Nov 27, 2012 8:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ILRF wrote:

Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement:

Bangladeshi and international unions and labor rights organizations have initiated an independent fire and building safety program to minimize the risk of future deadly factory fires like those that have recently taken the lives of hundreds of garment workers in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Unlike corporate-controlled monitoring systems, the program will include independent inspections by trained fire safety experts with public reporting of the results. Brands will be required to offer supplier contracts with sufficient financing and adequate pricing to allow for necessary renovations and other preventative measures. Brands will also be required to cease doing business with any supplier that refuses to make needed repairs and operate safely. To effectively implement the program, there will be a central role for workers and unions and a binding contract to make the commitments enforceable. Currently, PVH Corp. (owner of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein) and major German retailer Tchibo have signed onto the agreement. Thus far, other major buyers from Bangladesh including Walmart, Gap and H&M have failed to join the program. Labor rights groups are calling on these brands to join the independent Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement to protect the lives of the workers who make their clothing.

Nov 28, 2012 12:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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