BANGLADESH: Latest garment factory disaster leaves 3 dead
Workers' rights association Clean Clothes Campaign said yesterday's Bangladeshi garment factory stampede, in which 3 workers were killed and more than 50 hurt, is another in a string of incidents showing the urgent improvements necessary within the country's clothing industry.
More than 100 workers fought to escape the building in Gazipur down a narrow staircase after an electrical spark from a short circuit reportedly raised fears of a fire breaking out. Workers were apparently prevented from leaving the building easily by boxes blocking their escape route.
The factory allegedly housed Saiem Fashion, SK Sweater and Radiance Sweater production plants and is at the centre of several serious workers' rights violations.
The incident comes after a recent garment factory fire in Chittagong and a factory collapse in Dhaka, which left about 75 people dead in total.Clean Clothes Campaign International Secretariat spokesperson Nina Ascoly told just-style: "We think these events are highly preventable.
"The immediate response to the latest event is support and adequate compensation for affected workers and their families. Beyond that, transparent investigations are needed. We need to ask why the event happened and who is responsible.
"Labour rights activists have been discussing these sort of events for years so they are not surprising to us. What is shocking is that structural improvements are not taking place. It is clear what needs to be done."
CCC wants compensation of 500,000 taka each for families of the workers who died, provision of free medical treatment and compensation of 50,000 taka for each injured worker, payment of full salaries for all workers during the period their workplace remains closed, and arrest and trial of the factory owners.
CCC has been pushing for an independent international committee to be formed. There has been some progress, says, but action is obviously not fast enough.
Ascoly points to the cases of locked factory gates as just one sort of safety hazard workers are faced with.
According to a recent study from the Bangladesh Institute for Labour Studies, 130 workers in the garment industry died on the job in 2005 and 480 were wounded.
Help test our new apparel sourcing tool.
The first major conference organised by the Business Social Compliance Initiative in Brussels last week was marred by protests against weak social audits and 'sweatshop cover-ups.' Jozef De Coster was...
Reports that hundreds of people are feared dead or injured following three separate incidents in the Bangladesh garment and textile sector last week have led to calls for immediate structural measures...
Social audits often fail to deliver as a tool for checking working conditions in facilities producing garments and sports shoes according to new research released by the Clean Clothes Campaign....
Polish footwear company CCC SA plans to boost its standing within the Czech Republic, the company's chief executive officer Dariusz Milek was reported by Polish News Digest as saying....
- US apparel sector braces for potential cost hikes
- Does a hard Brexit mean hard times for UK fashion?
- Trade Tracker – Trump's first weeks, Brexit agenda
- Key trade issues facing US textiles and apparel
- Primark challenges critics with cotton initiative
- Li & Fung dropped from Hang Seng Index
- Bangladesh "high threat" for terrorist activity
- Vietnam apparel exports miss 2016 target
- Trump talks of tweaking NAFTA trade with Canada
- H&M leads Better Cotton league
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing
- Outdoor performance apparel 2016: A broader perspective
- Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, December 2016
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- Global market review of lingerie – forecasts to 2022