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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:11 AM

Protests rage over Bangladesh factory fire, supervisors arrested

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - Three supervisors of a Bangladeshi garments factory were arrested on Wednesday as protests over a fire that killed more than 100 people raged on into a third day, with textile workers and police clashing in the streets of a Dhaka suburb.

The government has blamed last weekend's disaster, the country's worst-ever industrial blaze, on saboteurs and police said they had arrested two people who were seen on CCTV footage trying to set fire to stockpiles of cotton in another factory.

The fire at Tazreen Fashions has put a spotlight on global retailers that source clothes from Bangladesh, where wage costs are low - as little as $37 a month for some workers.

Rights groups have called on Western firms to sign up

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/28/us-bangladesh-fire-idUSBRE8AR0FQ20121128

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bemildred Nov 2012 OP
lalalu Nov 2012 #1
man4allcats Nov 2012 #5
lalalu Nov 2012 #6
fasttense Nov 2012 #2
Panasonic Nov 2012 #3
AldoLeopold Nov 2012 #4
Enrique Nov 2012 #7
JI7 Nov 2012 #8

Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:47 AM

1. There is a petition at change.org

 

to have retailers stop doing business with this company. I believe two retailers have already stopped.

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Response to lalalu (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:39 PM

5. Here's a change.org link.

It might not be the one you're referring to, but it's definitely on the same topic of dangerous Bangladeshi garment factories.

http://www.change.org/petitions/walmart-h-m-gap-join-fire-safety-program-fix-death-trap-factories

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Response to man4allcats (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:41 PM

6. Yes, that is the one I got in my email.

 

Thanks for linking. Silly me

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:08 AM

2. $37 a month for workers.

Coming to a place near you.

How little do they want to pay workers?

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Response to fasttense (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:18 AM

3. 21 cents an hour is what I heard/

 

Disgraceful.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:07 PM

4. I don't know what the hubub is, its not like this has happened before

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:59 PM

7. the guy on Fox said the workers were glad to have jobs

I say send him over to that factory and he can tell them that, see how that works out for him.

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Response to bemildred (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:02 PM

8. Why labor is so cheap in some places

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