10 thoughts on “Bangladesh garment disaster death toll continues to rise

    • Meanwhile, as the links show, the death toll has passed the 700 mark.

      US media SHOULD report more on this, as many of the clothes made in Bangladesh are made for US corporations.

      Thank you for your reblog!

  1. Wal-Mart posts $469bn revenue

    US: Wal-Mart Stores once again led Fortune magazine’s list of the 500 biggest US companies by revenue today.

    The US company’s revenue grew by nearly 6 per cent in 2012 to $469.2 billion (£303.4bn).

    Meanwhile, Wal-Mart claimed there was no authorised production of its clothing at the collapsed Rana Plaza in Bangladesh but it was investigating whether there was “unapproved subcontracting” in the building, where workers earned about $38 (£25) a month.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/132601

  2. Britain’s poor didn’t cause Bangladesh factory deaths

    I work in Primark. It’s not the nicest place to work.

    But it has been even more demoralising since the factory collapse in Bangladesh, where some Primark clothes are made.

    It’s horrible to think that I have to work for this firm and help make money for it.

    Some of us staff were discussing the collapse just after it happened, before the shop opened.

    Management then told us we weren’t allowed to talk about it. We were given a statement to read, which was Primark’s press release.

    And we were told that if anyone asked us about it we had to say that we couldn’t comment.

    It feels like we’re being hushed up.

    But I don’t think the answer is to boycott Primark or that the problem is cheap clothes.

    Expensive brands, such as Gap, sell clothes that are made in the same conditions.

    It doesn’t matter about the price of the product. It’s the fact that firms want to make everything as cheaply as possible.

    It’s wrong to blame people who buy cheap clothes.

    In order to spend an extra £10 on a pair of jeans you need to have that £10 in your pocket.

    I don’t think most people do have that.

    The financial crash has made things worse, but even in the best of times people don’t have much cash to spend.

    It’s easy to say boycott Primark. But it’s very hard to buy anything and be 100 percent sure that it wasn’t made in sweatshops.

    Even though we’ve been told not to discuss the collapse, it’s difficult to ignore.

    It’s constantly in the news and the death toll is rising.

    We have had customers coming in talking about it and asking us about it.

    That’s good—you want people to say something because it’s depressing when they don’t and just act normal.

    One woman was saying how terrible it was. Despite the ban on discussing it, I agreed with her.

    Primark worker, Address withheld

    http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art/33250/Letters

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