Paramilitary Troops Squash Garment Worker Protests In Bangladesh

September 28, 2013 by  
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Five months after the Rana Plaza  factory complex collapsed, killing 1,129 people, and drawing attention to unsafe working conditions that permeate the international fashion industry, Bangladeshi garment workers took to the streets in protest. The action–Bangladesh’s largest worker protest to date–was meant to communicate worker demands for a higher minimum wage. The current base wage for garment workers is 3,000 takas, about $38 per month. Such a low wage is unthinkable, especially when you consider that these workers make clothing for some of the most successful brands in the world, including  H&M ,  Walmart , and  Zara . After five days of unruly protest during which 50 people, including six policemen, were injured, Bangladesh’s government deployed paramilitary troops to drive the workers from the streets. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , fashion industry , garment workers , labor unions , military violence , minimum wage , protests , worker safety        

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Sweatshop Protesters Slam Gap, Walmart’s Bangladesh Safety Plan as a “Sham”

July 13, 2013 by  
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In the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, which claimed the lives of 1,129 garment workers, many clothing retailers—including H&M and Zara signed the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh . Several U.S.-based retailers, including Gap and Walmart refused to sign the Accord as the agreement to ensure worker safety would be legally binding. In response, these companies have created an Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety as a non-enforceable “alternative” to the Accord on Fire & Building Safety. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh , bangladesh safety , Ethical Fashion , GAP , h&m , Rana Plaza , safety accord , Sustainable Fashion , sweatshop labor , walmart , worker safety , Zara        

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Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapse Kills Two Workers

May 18, 2013 by  
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The ceiling of a shoe factory in Cambodia that makes Asics athletic shoes collapsed on Thursday , killing two workers and injuring at least a dozen. The tragedy, which took place less than a month after a clothing factory in Bangladesh collapsed and killed more than one thousand workers, is the latest incident to highlight the poor safety at factories in developing countries. The latest building collapse is a reminder that worker safety isn’t an issue that’s confined to Bangladesh; many other countries are also grappling with poor work conditions for low-paying jobs in the fashion industry. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Asics , Bangladesh , building collapse , Cambodia , Cambodian shoe factory , Fashion , fast fashion , labor issues , shoe factory collapse , unsafe work conditions , worker safety        

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Report Finds Over 5,000 Children’s Products Contain Toxic Chemicals

May 18, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock A new report by the Washington Toxic Coalition and Safer States has revealed that over 5,000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals associated with cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems. The products, intended for those from infancy through adolescence, include party hats which contain cancer-causing arsenic, cosmetics which contain formaldehyde and dolls which contain hormone-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA). READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA , car seat safety , children safety , children's products , claires accessories , flame retardant , formaldahyde , toxic chemicals , toxic toys , toxin home , walmart , Washington Toxic Coalition and Safer States        

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