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Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:17 PM

 

The Price of Free Trade: 112 Die Jumping From Burning Building in Bangladesh- No Outside Staircase

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Most of the victims died as they jumped from the building to escape the flames, a police official said.

'The factory had three staircases, and all of them were down through the ground floor,' he said. 'So the workers could not come out when the fire engulfed the building.

'Had there been at least one emergency exit through outside the factory, the casualties would have been much lower.'

Bangladesh has around 4,500 garment factories that make clothes for brands including Tesco, Wal-Mart, JC Penney, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Kohl's and Carrefour. Few of the factories take proper safety precautions.

Readymade garments make up 80 percent of the country's $24 billion annual exports.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237952/Bangladesh-garment-factory-More-112-dead-scores-injured.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490


Is this the price of free trade?

Why do we give Tax Breaks for Corporations to Avoid Environmental and Safety precautions?

Why are we supporting these working conditions?

We have lost American jobs, been driven into debt due to lack of revenue from Corporations...to support this?


WE need to let the politicians know, this IS an acceptable revenue generator.

It is time to end 'free' trade and tax any company operating in our country at 100% that uses factories which ignore safety and environmental standards.

How can we pretend to help anyone around the world like Iraq (ha!), when our trade policies encourage this type of treatment of our fellow human beings?

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RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 OP
Manifestor_of_Light Nov 2012 #1
kooljerk666 Nov 2012 #2
RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 #3
RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 #4
Brickbat Nov 2012 #5
RepublicansRZombies Nov 2012 #6
sense Nov 2012 #7
CTyankee Nov 2012 #8
malaise Nov 2012 #9
pampango Nov 2012 #10
Nye Bevan Nov 2012 #11

Response to RepublicansRZombies (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:22 PM

1. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire repeated, again and again......

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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:32 PM

2. Triangle Fire from American Experience..................

 

At least this horrible incident helped bring about changes..................

http://video.pbs.org/video/1817898383/#

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:35 PM

3. how can we make this horrible incident bring about changes?

 


Over one hundred people had to jump to their deaths from a burning building because they could spend the money to install one outside staircase.

So we can have cheap (but not so inexpensive) stuff from other countries at the cost of American jobs and our entire economy.

IT made no sense to pass free trade, anyone could see where it would head and who would take advantage of it...just as easily as they started it, we could end it.

Obama has started new free trade agreements, we need to get the public outraged and pushing in the other direction.

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:14 PM

5. We've fought these battles before. It pisses me off that we have to fight them again. That's the

nature of war, I suppose.

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Response to Brickbat (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:48 PM

6. Most of us have progressed beyond this, just 1%ers who refuse to evolve

 


These unfortunate people are working for 1%ers who have elevators for their cars but they can't pay for one staircase!

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 04:51 PM

7. How is this the price of free trade when

in this country we have the many of the same conditions? Did you see any outside fire escapes at the world trade centers? At most of the high rises or tall buildings here? Our trade policies suck, but so many of our buildings are no better. I see it's from the Daily mail???? A tabloid?

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 05:25 PM

8. There has GOT to be some response to this from our progressives in the U.S. Congress!

We cannot support this system with any of our own laws. There has to be a way to take a stand that says America does NOT support industries abroad who engage in practices that cost the health and lives of people!

This is an OUTRAGE!

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 05:27 PM

9. They do take safety precautions

for the garments - they lock up the workers to prevent theft. You see goods are way more important than lives.

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 08:13 PM

10. The US does not have 'free trade' with Bangladesh;

we just have trade with it. Should we refuse to trade with Bangladesh as we do with Cuba? Or should we trade with both?

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Response to RepublicansRZombies (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 11:13 PM

11. Switzerland and Germany are also big on free trade,

but I don't hear much about this kind of thing happening in those countries.

Perhaps this is not really a free trade problem.

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