Category: Bangladesh

Sarah Newell: After Rana Plaza

Setting the Record Straight on the Bangladesh Safety Accord

Annemarie Strassel: Work It! The New Face of Labor in Fashion

The 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh evoked iconic moments in labor history when primarily young, female participants in the garment industry suffered and organized for their lives

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Laura Gottesdiener: Hundreds of Bangladesh Garment Factories Shut Down as Women Take to Streets in Dhaka

Exclusive stores in Manhattan, London and Milan are busily stocking shelves with the one-shouldered dresses and Miley Cyrus-esque crop tops that were on display earlier in September at New York City’s Fashion Week. But half a world away, in the city where the western world’s clothes are actually made, the sewing machines have stopped. More Read more…

John Lasker: Walmart’s Summer of Discontent: Retail Empire Faces Worker Dissent in US and Bangladesh

As Walmart shareholders continue to gorge on the mega-retailer’s stock, up 12 percent from the beginning of this year, the empire is experiencing a summer of discontent as a growing number of low-wage Walmart workers continue to fight a labor war that’s winning small yet significant victories. Jim C. Walton, the youngest of the Walton Read more…

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Olivier Cyran: A Tale Of Two Fires

The fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh on 24 November 2012 revived old memories. Fire-prone workshops, locked emergency exits to make surveillance easier, workers jumping from windows to escape the flames, survivors denied justice: the same things happened a century ago in Manhattan. On the afternoon of 25 March 1911 a fire broke out at the Triangle Read more…

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Olivier Cyran: Bangladesh’s Exploitation Economy

A solitary glass tower stands on the banks of Lake Hatirjheel as though transplanted from the City of London to the middle of a vast shantytown. It is the headquarters of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). This sparkling tower is unlikely to crumble, unlike Rana Plaza, which collapsed on 24 April causing the Read more…

Mike Hall: Retailers Key to Bangladesh Worker Safety
Leslie Salzillo: After 1,300 Die In Bangladesh Walmart Refuses To Sign Safer Factory Agreement

Walmart, the third largest public corporation and mega retail chain in the world, has refused to sign an agreement with other retail chains that will improve safety and working conditions for factory workers overseas. Walmart wants to do safety their own way – as if that been working for them. Last month over 1,300 factory workers Read more…

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Richard D. Wolff: Economic Development and Rana Plaza

The official death toll from the April collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which housed clothing factories, has now passed 1,100. How exactly will the staggering costs of that overwhelming tragedy be figured? Will they count as part of capitalism's contribution to economic development across Asia, Africa, and Latin America? In capitalism's Read more…

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Ramzy Baroud: The Pain of Bangladesh: T-shirts Made with Blood and Tears

As they spoke to a BBC correspondent in their run-down room which they call home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a man sobbed as his 12-year-old daughter sat close to him.  "If she is dead," he said, "I just want to bury her with my own hands, so at least in my mind I know that I Read more…

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