Statement on Recent Tragedy in Bangladesh

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Press Releases, Walmart Watch Blog | 3 Comments

The following statement from Kalpona Akter, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity was originally published by Warehouse Workers United.

Kalpona is the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity. She is a former garment worker and is currently in the United States calling on retailers like Walmart, the Gap and Disney to lead on improving working conditions and adopting fires safety standards in Bangladesh.

Today, international worker rights groups are calling for immediate action from international corporations and brands following the horrific news of a deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, in Dhaka Bangladesh. The collapse of the eight-story building that housed five factories and a mall, has reportedly killed at least 80 people and injured over 800. For the last month Kalpona has been touring the United States with Sumi Abedin, a young garment worker who jumped out of a third story window to save her life as the Tazreen factory burned killing on 112.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of workers lost in this tragic event.

“It must be said, these tragedies can be prevented by multinational corporations like Walmart and the Gap that operate in Bangladesh. Because of these companies’ negligence and willful ignorance, garment workers are in danger every day because of the unsafe working conditions.

“As we learn more details, we will better understand the brands that were manufactured in these factories, but we already know that the largest retailers in the world hold tremendous power to transform conditions for garment workers – mostly young women – in Bangladesh.

“Today’s news is yet another reminder that Walmart and the Gap must immediately adopt the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement, a transparent and legally binding agreement that includes worker representation, independent building inspections, worker rights training, public disclosure and a long-overdue review of safety standards. The safety agreement is the first step toward ensuring no more lives are lost.”
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3 Comments

  1. tompnoonan1961
    April 25, 2013

    let get
    Walmart change into United Food And Commercial Workers Unionize Walmart
    Store for all Walmart Cashier Workers and for all Walmart Produce Workers and
    for all Walmart Deli Department Workers and for all Walmart Bakery Department
    Workers and for all Walmart Pharmacy Workers,
    let get Walmart change into Teamster Unionize Walmart Store for all
    Walmart and Sam’s Club Truck Driver Workers and for all Sam’s Club Forklift
    Driver@Stock Person Workers and for all Walmart Stock Person Workers and for
    all Sam’s Club Cashier Workers and for all Sam’s Club Meat Cutter@Meat Wrapper
    Workers and for all Sam’s Club Produce Workers and for all Sam’s Club Deli
    Department Workers and for all Sam’s Club Bakery Department Workers and for all
    Walmart Customer Services Desk Workers and for all Sam’s Club Membership Desk
    Workers and for all Walmart Courtesy Association Workers and for all Sam’s Club
    Cart Attendance Workers and for all Walmart Maintenance Association Workers and
    for all Sam’s Club Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club Pharmacy Workers,
    let get Walmart Change into Communication Workers of America Workers Unionize
    Walmart Store for all Walmart and Sam’ Electronics Workers, let get Walmart
    change into United Auto Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart
    Tire@Lube Express Workers and for all Sam’s Club Tire@Car Battery Installment
    Workers right of away and right now please by make Walmart give all Walmart
    Workers and all Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Health Care
    Right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and
    without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club

    Think You Very Much

    From Tom P Noonan

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  2. MEProudLIBERAL
    May 10, 2013

    Clothing Brands: Do your part to make sure the Garment Factory Disaster in Bangladesh will be the last

    http://action.greenamerica.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10773

    Her name was Shaheena. She went to work at dawn that fateful April morning, even though her brother-in-law urged her to stay home. A single mom, Shaheena worked grueling hours to support herself and her son. When this mother was faced with the decision of returning to work at a potentially unstable clothing factory or the risk of not being paid, and therefore not being able to provide milk or shelter for her infant son, it must have seemed like no choice at all.

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  3. MEProudLIBERAL
    May 15, 2013

    Walmart refuses to join other retailers in Bangladesh Worker Safety Accord. The company that’s being investigated for bribery is going to do it’s ‘own investigation’.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/wal-mart-avoids-bangladesh-worker-safety-accord-v~J_tNOlR6qB4v4F5wK8Bg.html?cmpid=yhoo

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