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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:24 AM

WalMart’s Tears for a Tragedy


from Consortium News:



WalMart’s Tears for a Tragedy
November 29, 2012

Exclusive: On Saturday, a fire swept through a garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing some 120 workers trapped behind locked doors. WalMart, one of the factory’s clothes buyers, quickly distanced itself from the tragedy, but WalMart’s profiting from sweatshops is a long-term pattern, writes Barbara Koeppel.

By Barbara Koeppel


WalMart. STOP, PLEASE. It’s hard to hear how “troubled” you are, as you claimed on Monday, about the fire at the Tazreen factory that sewed your clothes. Or that the factory was “no longer authorized” to produce your merchandise. Or that you will “continue to work across the apparel industry to improve fire safety education and training in Bangladesh.”

This has to be hogwash from a company known for its tight control over production and prices. Or one that pushes its suppliers to the last penny (or the taka, in Bangladesh).

So another 120 workers — mostly women — who earn 20 cents an hour died last Saturday in a building where 1,000 worked and the fire extinguishers didn’t, and exits were locked.

WalMart, surely you dissemble. Just as in 1991, when you contracted with the Saraka garment factory in Dhaka to make your clothes, only one year after the plant had a fire killing 25 children — well covered in the news. ..........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://consortiumnews.com/2012/11/29/walmarts-tears-for-a-tragedy/



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marmar Dec 2012 OP
xchrom Dec 2012 #1
Heather MC Dec 2012 #2
SoapBox Dec 2012 #5
Teamster Jeff Dec 2012 #3
tavalon Dec 2012 #4
Doctor_J Dec 2012 #9
saidsimplesimon Dec 2012 #6
marmar Dec 2012 #7
jreal Dec 2012 #8

Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:30 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:41 AM

2. Worst Company ever!!!

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:57 AM

5. Ditto.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 09:58 AM

3. K&R

Walmart is trying to hide behind their cheesy color code grading system of factories used by their suppliers. The outside auditors have no power to and are easily ignored. Oh yeah, Walmart also issues a safety manuel.



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:40 AM

4. I think when you said dissemble, you meant lie.

Sorry to be so particular but I am just damn tired of seeing gentler synonyms for lying.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 2, 2012, 09:53 PM

9. marmar didn't use the word disemble

the author of the article at consortium news did.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:06 PM

6. marmar, so, let's stop shopping at Walmarts? I've

been into a Walmart, maybe a dozen times since they opened. The chemical smells from the clothing racks drove me out of the stores. My allergies do not include saving money. They do include the rot of pure greed.

Shop local, shop union, it's worth the effort, imho.

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:09 PM

7. I've never shopped there......


...... The only time I've been IN a Walmart was to take a leak while visiting Northern California, driving back from Monterey to San Francisco.


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