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Wed Apr 24, 2013, 06:55 PM

 

pictures from Bangladesh building collapse (garment worker factory), 70 killed, 600 injured











An eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories collapsed on Wednesday morning, killing at least 87 people, injuring hundreds of others, and leaving an unknown number of people trapped in the rubble, according to Bangladeshi officials and media outlets.

The building collapse occurred in Savar, a suburb of the national capital, Dhaka, and is the latest accident to afflict Bangladesh’s garment industry. Bangladesh is the world’s second-leading garment exporter, trailing only China, but the industry has been beleaguered by safety concerns, angry protests over rock-bottom wages and other problems.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/25/world/asia/bangladesh-building-collapse.html?_r=0

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Liberal_in_LA Apr 2013 OP
Arctic Dave Apr 2013 #1
Voice for Peace Apr 2013 #2
Skittles Apr 2013 #3
Liberal_in_LA Apr 2013 #7
progressoid Apr 2013 #4
spanone Apr 2013 #5
Voice for Peace Apr 2013 #6
JNelson6563 Apr 2013 #9
uppityperson Apr 2013 #8
HiPointDem Apr 2013 #10
moondust Apr 2013 #11
malaise Apr 2013 #12

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 07:08 PM

1. Sad, sick and preventable.

 

Corporations boosting profits on the lives of the workers.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 07:19 PM

2. "Retailers and brands including Walmart, H&M, Sears, Gap, Tommy Hilfiger

 

and many others have outsourced the production of billions of dollars of clothes there."

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 07:31 PM

3. DISGUSTING

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 08:51 PM

7. More - workers saw cracks in the building, were told they had to go in to get paid

 

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-bangladesh-building-collapse-workers-20130424,0,3325908.story

Garment workers in Bangladesh were so uneasy about the cracks in their building that as many as 2,500 refused to enter Tuesday, according to a labor rights group.

Activists say the building's owner and several factory managers assured the workers that they had nothing to fear and prodded them back to work Wednesday – barely an hour before the eight-story building collapsed, crushing to death scores of people under a mass of concrete and debris.

“The workers were absolutely frightened," said Charlie Kernaghan, director of the Pittsburgh-based Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights, which has offices in Bangladesh. "They saw those cracks with their own eyes.... But they felt they had no choice. If you don’t go to work, you’re not getting paid.”

At least 80 people were killed when Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of Dhaka, tumbled to the ground, according to news reports. The building housed several garment factories and hundreds of shops, the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry said.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers struggle to reach people trapped under the rubble, emergency service officials told Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, the national news agency. Weeping survivors and anxious relatives gathered around the wreckage.

Outside the Enam Medical College and Hospital morgue, Rana Ahmed wailed, "Where's my mother? Where's my mother? Tell me, tell me, oh Allah, oh Allah," according to the Associated Press.

The booming Bangladeshi garment industry has been the subject of repeated complaints by labor watchdogs who say dangerous working conditions have killed and maimed hundreds of people.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 07:32 PM

4. Walmart: 'Save Money - Live Better'

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 07:33 PM

5. they don't have that troubling gubmint regulation of things like building codes...

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Response to spanone (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 07:53 PM

6. disposable people products, too

 

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 09:01 PM

9. Yep, over a billion.

Throw up some more cheap buildings and watch the desperate line up for shit wages and unsafe conditions.

Exploitation. It's what makes the world go 'round.

Julie

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 08:54 PM

8. k&r and omg

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 09:04 PM

10. looks like it's ordinary people, not police/fire/emergency workers, doing the rescuing, too.

 

'india shining'

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 09:29 PM

11. Now watch the corporations slither away.

"We're not responsible for building codes or inspections, so we'll be on our way now. Good luck."

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2013, 09:32 PM

12. One of these fine days the owners wll pay publicly

Those fuckers told these people that the cracked building was safe and they should go to work

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