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Dozens Killed in Bangladesh Fire

New York Times

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A fire at a garment factory north of Dhaka, the capital, killed at least 20 people and injured dozens on Tuesday, in the latest blow to the country’s largest industry.

The fire at a 10-story factory in the Ashulia industrial area, about 16 miles from the capital, started on the ninth floor around lunchtime, when most of the workers were outside. Local reporters who had canvassed hospitals said at least 24 people had been killed. Factory officials said they knew of about 20 deaths....

Dockworkers march for Del Monte boycott

Workers World

Led by the 3-year-old daughter of a laid-off longshore worker whose sign read “Del Monte ruined my Christmas,” more than 400 dockworkers and community and labor allies marched in the busy noontime streets around City Hall here on Nov. 22. They were protesting the layoffs of more than 200 members of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291 due to the decision by Fresh Del Monte Products to dock its incoming ships at a below-union-wage pier in Gloucester City, N.J.

U. City adopts resolution against sweat shops

St. Louis Today

UNIVERSITY CITY-- This city has become the first in the state to pledge that it will not purchase apparel manufactured under sweatshop conditions.

It joins a growing movement of about 180 governments, schools and other jurisdictions to adopt a policy against buying from manufacturers that violate basic humane and labor standards.

"This is simply a commitment by University City to be an educated buyer of clothing," said Jim Adams, one of a group of residents who asked the city to take action.

Sweatshop Army: Why does the Pentagon use low-road companies to feed and clothe our troops?

The American Prospect

During a 13-month tour in Iraq with her National Guard unit, Amber Hicks ate her share of the military rations known as "meals ready to eat," or MREs. Then, as chance would have it, she returned to her hometown of Cincinnati and found a job in the Wornick Company's factory -- making those familiar MREs.

Textile strikes rock Bangladesh

Snehal Shingavi analyzes the battle shaking Bangladesh's textile industry--and the international manufacturers who set up shop there to take advantage of low wages.

Striking garment workers who gathered to protest low wages flee police firing tear gas and rubber bullets

OVER THE past month, Bangladesh's textile industry--one of the most exploitative in the world--has been rocked by strikes and protests...

Great advert for workers’ unity

Tribune Magazine (UK)


Workers Uniting is the global union created by the Unite union in Britain and the United Steelworkers in the United States and Canada. It has taken the unprecedented step of placing a full-page advertisement in a Bangladesh newspaper to support garment workers in their campaign to raise the minimum wage and secure the right to organise in a trade union in an effort to combat the race of US and European companies to the bottom.

Bangladeshi Women Garment Workers Strike for $72 per month

Labor Notes

updated August 16

Bangladesh’s 3.5 million apparel workers—who are mostly women—left their shops and took to the streets in August to demand that the minimum wage increase to $72 per month.

The current wage of 12 cents an hour, the lowest in the world, is a major draw for garment brands to source manufacturing from Bangladesh, with apparel making up over 75 percent of all exports.

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