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Bangladeshi garment factory collapse kills at least 87 workers

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Yet another workplace tragedy in Bangladesh’s garment industry. Not too long ago, 112 workers die in a fire in the Tazreen factory. The deject working conditions that garment workers in Bangladesh experience is being fueled by companies such as Walmart and Disney. These conditions are being justified by the industry proponents as lifting people out of poverty. They even dare to talk about how they are doing Bangladeshi women a favor here:

“Industry proponents say the garment industry has been an essential engine for the Bangladeshi economy, lifting millions of people, particularly women, out of abject poverty, even with such low wages. Today, garments represent roughly 80 percent of Bangladesh’s manufacturing exports and provide a critical source of foreign exchange that the government needs to help offset the high costs of imported oil.”

In Dec 2012, in the immediate aftermath of the Tazreen fire that killed 112, organizers in Newark and Charlestone organized a symbolic port blockade here and here. Below is the video from Bangladeshi workers who survived, entitled “So We May All Survive”

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