Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want More Aid

Collapsed building in Bangladesh | Source: Associated Press

SAVAR, Bangladesh — Bangladesh began compiling details Monday about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a compensation deal, but dozens of people took to the streets demanding a more complete accounting of the disaster.

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Op-Ed | Garment Workers Deserve a Global Minimum Wage

Cambodian garment workers protest outside their factory | Source: Flickr

Garment manufacturing is global. But the rules that protect workers are not, creating a race to the bottom amongst poor countries aiming to attract foreign investment with the lowest wages and flimsiest safety standards. In the wake of recent tragedies and protests in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Haiti, it’s time for a global minimum wage, argues Tansy E. Hoskins.

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Primark Pays More Compensation to Bangladesh Factory Victims

Rana Plaza workers queue to register for Primark's longterm compensation scheme | Source: Primark

DUBLIN, Ireland — Primark will make another compensation payment to victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, the discount clothing chain said on Thursday, calling on other international brands to follow suit.

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Bangladesh Waits for Factory Checks Six Months After 1,127 Die

Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source: Flickr

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Six months ago, when 1,127 Bangladeshi workers were killed in the collapse of a high-rise warren of garment factories, international outcry led to pledges by western retailers and the government to set up a large-scale inspection regime and a new wage system.

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Op-Ed | Preventing Another Rana Plaza

Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source: Flickr

In the wake of Rana Plaza, it’s clear that voluntary self-inspection of garment factories by brands and retailers is not enough to avoid terrible human tragedy. Workplace health and safety standards must be set and enforced by the workers themselves, argues Tansy E Hoskins.

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Primark Boosts Aid to Bangladesh Victims as Other Companies Balk

Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source: Flickr

GENEVA, Switzerland — Primark, the budget fashion chain owned by Associated British Foods Plc, will pay all victims of the collapsed Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh more short-term financial aid after talks today with other brands fell short of a more permanent resolution advocated by unions.

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