Bangladesh lethal factory collapse, Avaaz petition


This 28 April 2016 video is called Hundreds Die in Bangladesh Factory Collapse As Retailers Reject Better Safety Standards.

From Avaaz:

Dear friends,

BangladeshHundreds of Bangladeshi women have been burned or crushed to death while making *our* clothes! In days, major fashion companies could sign an agreement that will either be a strong safety code or a weak PR ploy. If 1 million of us get the CEOs of H&M and GAP to back a life-saving code, the rest will follow:

We’ve all seen the horrific images of hundreds of innocent women burned or crushed to death in factories while making our clothes. In the next few days we can get companies to stop it happening again.

Big fashion brands source from hundreds of factories in Bangladesh. Two brands, including Calvin Klein, have signed a very strong building and fire safety pact. Others, led by Wal-Mart, have been trying to wriggle out of signing by creating a weak alternative that was pure PR. But the latest disaster has triggered crisis meetings and massive pressure to sign the strong version that can save lives.

Negotiations end in days. H&M and GAP are most likely to flip first to support a strong agreement, and the best way to press them is to go after their CEOs. If one million of us appeal directly to them in a petition, Facebook pages, tweets, and ads, their friends and families will all hear about it. They’ll know that their own and their companies’ reputations are on the line. People are being forced to make *our* clothing in outrageously dangerous buildings — sign on to make them safe, and forward this email widely:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/crushed_to_make_our_clothes_control/?bHFhfab&v=24773

The recent tragic collapse fits a pattern. In the last few years, fires and other disasters have claimed a thousand lives and left many others too injured to work. Bangladesh’s government turns a blind eye to dismal conditions, allowing suppliers to cut costs to make clothes at a pace and price that global fashion giants expect. The big brands say they check up, but workers say the companies’ own audits can’t be trusted.

The worker-backed safety agreement calls for independent inspections, public reports about supplier factory conditions, and mandatory repairs. It?s even enforceable in courts of the companies? home countries! Full details of which companies were buying from the factory that collapsed weeks ago aren’t yet known, and there’s no evidence H&M or Gap did so. But workers have died in other H&M and GAP supplier factories in Bangladesh and getting them onboard now would put tremendous pressure on other companies to follow.

The companies are making up their minds right now. Let?s call on the CEOs of H&M and GAP to lead the industry by signing the safety plan. Sign your name then share this email widely — once we reach 1 million we?ll take out ads that they can?t miss:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/crushed_to_make_our_clothes_control/?bHFhfab&v=24773

Time and time again, Avaaz members have come together to fight corporate greed and support human rights. Last year, we helped 100 Indian workers safely return home when a Bahraini corporation refused to let them leave. Let’s now take a stand to stop the deadly race to the bottom in factory safety.

With hope and determination,

Jamie, Jeremy, Alex, Ari, Diego, Marie, Maria-Paz, Ricken and the Avaaz team

PS

MORE INFORMATION:

Collapse renews calls for safety agreement (Wall Street Journal)
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2013/04/25/bangladesh-deaths-renew-calls-for-safety-agreement/

15 May deadline set for Bangladesh safety plan (Industriall)
http://www.industriall-union.org/15-may-deadline-set-for-bangladesh-safety-plan

Western companies feel pressure as toll rises in Bangladesh (NBC News)
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/western-companies-feel-pressure-toll-rises-bangladesh-6C9624611

Avoiding the fire next time (The Economist)
http://www.economist.com/news/business/21577078-after-dhaka-factory-collapse-foreign-clothing-firms-are-under-pressure-improve-working

Bangladeshi garment factory death toll rises as owner arrested on border (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/28/bangladesh-garment-factory-collapse-owner-held

Bangladesh factory safety under scrutiny after collapse (CBC)
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/04/26/bangladesh-factory-building-safety.html

Hazardous workplaces: Making the Bangladesh Garment Industry Safe (Report, Clean Clothes campaign)
http://www.cleanclothes.org/resources/publications/2012-11-hazardousworkplaces.pdf/view

18 thoughts on “Bangladesh lethal factory collapse, Avaaz petition

  1. My dear friend, I have nominated you for The Wonderful Team Member Award! Congratulations! Please visit this link:transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/wonderful-team-member-award/

    Like

  2. Pingback: Japanese billionaire wants poverty for workers | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Bangladesh garment disaster death toll continues to rise | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Versatile Blogger Award, thanks Tazein! | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. My dear friend, I have nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award. Congratulations! Please visit this link:transcendingbordersblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/super-sweet-blogging-award-2/

    Like

  6. Pingback: Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you Khalil! | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Shine On Award, thanks Tazein and Anil! | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Shine On Award, thanks Mush! | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Bangladeshi workers intimidated by bosses | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Exploited worker calls for help on Primark dress labels | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.