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'When We Made Mistakes in Our Sewing, They Slapped Us'

The Nation
12/21/2015
Over two years after one of the worst industrial accidents in recent memory, Bangladesh’s garment workers are “safer” now—or so they’ve been told. So why do they still go to work afraid?
 
Two years after labor and industry groups brokered a hard-won pact to improve factory safety, the Bangladesh Accord, most of the industry appears to be failing basic safety benchmarks. Although the Bangladeshi government has enacted policies expanding labor oversight and facilitating unionization in factories, day-to-day working conditions remain abysmal.
 

While Women's Wallets Are Heard, Apparel Workers Are Restrained by a Web of Violence

Huffington Post
12/17/2015
During the holiday shopping season, women's opinions matter: we account for 80% of consumer spending in the United States. A new report, Our Voices, Our Safety, published this week by my organization, the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF), describes how women garment workers in Bangladesh - who account for 80% of the apparel industry workforce there - are unable to speak up at all or make their voices heard when they feel unsafe or unfairly treated.

ILRF Report Charges Workers' Rights Abuse in Bangladesh Garment Factories

Women's Wear Daily
12/14/2015
WASHINGTON — Workers’ rights abuses persist in Bangladesh apparel factories even as international retailers and brands actively engage in instituting safety reforms following two industrial tragedies, according to a new report by the International Labor Rights Forum. 
 
The report, titled “Our Voices, Our Safety. Bangladeshi Workers Speak Out,” charges that a “climate of fear and intimidation” prevails in Bangladesh’s garment industry. 
 

ILRF Says Labor Abuses Still Rampant in Bangladesh

Sourcing Journal Online
12/14/2015

Reform efforts have been underway in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry this year, but those efforts could prove futile if workers can't voice their ongoing concerns.

According to a new International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) report, fire, electrical, and structural safety are undoubtedly vital, but so too is hearing from workers about conditions on the job.

More Than 30 Trade Unionists Have Been Killed in Honduras Since 2009

The Nation
11/30/2015
Honduras is a country that many Americans tend to encounter mainly in the news and the grocery store. We see headlines about the influx of migrant children at the southern US border fleeing economic and social devastation. And we enjoy the fruits of the country’s economic underdevelopment every day at grocery stores stocked with Honduran-grown bananas and coffee beans.
 

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