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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:10 AM

AP Exclusive: Disney, Sears used factory in fire

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Source: AP-Excite

By JULHAS ALAM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - 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 Wal-Mart's Faded Glory brand. Shorts from hip-hop star Sean Combs' ENYCE label lay on the floor and are stacked in cartons.

An Associated Press reporter searching the factory Wednesday found these and other clothes, including sweaters from the French company Teddy Smith, 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.

Garments and documents left behind in the factory show it was used by a host of major American and European retailers, though at least one of them - Wal-Mart - had been aware of safety problems. Wal-Mart blames a supplier for using Tazreen Fashions without its knowledge.

The fire has elevated awareness of something labor groups, retailers and governments have known for years: Bangladesh's fast-growing garment industry - second only to China's in exports - is rife with dangerous workplaces. More than 300 workers there have died in fires since 2006.

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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20121128/DA2QV7800.html




Bangladeshi garments workers take out a protest through the streets to mourn the death of the victims of Saturday's fire in a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Bangladesh held a day of mourning Tuesday for the 112 people killed in a weekend fire at a garment factory, and labor groups planned more protests to demand better worker safety in an industry notorious for operating in firetraps. (AP Photo/Ashraful Alam Tito)

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Reply AP Exclusive: Disney, Sears used factory in fire (Original post)
Omaha Steve Nov 2012 OP
xchrom Nov 2012 #1
malthaussen Nov 2012 #2
BeyondGeography Nov 2012 #3
happyslug Nov 2012 #4
jwirr Nov 2012 #5
femrap Nov 2012 #7
jwirr Nov 2012 #8
femrap Nov 2012 #10
jwirr Nov 2012 #11
femrap Nov 2012 #12
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #9
LittleGirl Nov 2012 #6

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:13 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:39 AM

2. Do you get the feeling that every labor movement...

... needs a Triangle Shirtwaist fire?

-- Mal

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:24 AM

3. I know this story is big

But it should be Benghazi-big. We put the world through hell for our profits. It's completely insane.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:01 AM

4. I love the headline....

The only articles of clothing found were for Walmart, but because the reporter found a book with orders from Disney and Sears, that hits the headline, Walmart is added as if it was protecting the workers.

At least the USA today Article started with Walmart being one of the companies that bought from this factory:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2012/11/28/bangladesh-fire-walmart-disney-sears/1731225/

Most other headlines included Walmart in the list of buyers from this factory, not as a separate by line.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:02 AM

5. Let us hope that this will lead to some changes in labor practices/laws in those factory countries.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:34 AM

7. I believe

 

that US Corporations are the ones who establish labor laws in these poor countries.

Multi-national corporations are the root cause of most of the problems of the world.

I'm beginning to think that only Mother Nature can halt this Globalization of Exploitation.

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Response to femrap (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:07 PM

8. Actually I am with you on the idea that Mother Nature is needed to end this idiocy that we have

loosed upon the world. I think oil depletion will go the furthest to end the "world transportation" fantasy.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:49 AM

10. Glad to see

 

someone agrees with that concept. I just don't see another way to stop these Multi-national corporations. Mother Nature is the only one with more power than them.

It's sad to realize that I would gladly go down in a tsunami or massive earthquake just so Mother Earth can show the planet who is BOSS!

Since Raygun, life has become more and more torturous....to the point where it's just a miserable existence of watching fools stampeding on Black Friday. Sometimes I simply dread the trip to the grocery store where kids run around like dogs off of their leashes and no one ever says 'Excuse me.'

And the feeling of 'neighborhood' (for me) is gone. Now the neighbors simply go out of their way to play loud music, rev their cars motors (with no mufflers) and yell on their cell phones while standing outside your front door.

Good thing I had lots of fun in the '60's and '70's. Or maybe not...I know how great life could be and compared to today, life sucks.

Maybe I just need to buy some expensive earplugs so to find some peace.

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Response to femrap (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:57 PM

11. I was born in 1941 in a rural area where electricity was just a new thing. Life then was very

satisfying and slow paced. And you are right it was localized and people cared about each other. I long for my family to know that type of life but as you can see I am not without my own vices - the computer is my friend. There was a security back then that we no longer know.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 03:50 PM

12. I grew up on a farm in the '50's and '60's.

 

There were fewer people. It's so crowded now. Our little farm/college town is now 'trendy' and these newbies have moved in and built McMansions and drive around in Hummers. And I just don't enjoy their consumer behavior.

I remember some dangerous situations in our little town. Thank goodness I was taught to always look in the backseat of the car before getting in. Always locked the car from then on. And I was saved from a pedophile when a group of my friends came along.

Dangerous people are everywhere and most of them look just like everyone else. For some reason, I always knew that I had to be alert and be careful who I chose to hang out with. I'm an old soul. I hope I get to go to another planet the next time around....

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Response to femrap (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:46 PM

9. The wonderfully convenient thing about globalization

is that a company, like Wal-Mart, can claim to contract out production to an overseas middle man, who, in turn, contracts out to another middleman, who orders from mill or factory whatever is being made.

Then, Wal Mart can say .." Gasp! Why, I had NO idea about such horrible conditions"
as can the overseas middle man, who points to such laws as may or may not exist,
as does the 2nd middle man...not his fault if the factory head is not obeying any laws....
and so on, down to the burnt out factory.

and in 24 hours after the fire, a new factory is hired, all the middlemen are lined up and it begins all over again.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM

6. So sad for them. nt

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