Reform Calls Mount After Another Bangladesh Tragedy
Four and 1,076.
That is the number of disasters that have hit Bangladesh’s textile and apparel industry in the last six months, and the total of the number of people who have died so far. The latest disaster, late Wednesday, was another factory fire in the Mirpur industrial district of Dhaka that killed eight people, while the number of deaths in the Savar building collapse on April 24 rose to 950.
The fire late Wednesday night has added “a dramatic sense of urgency” to IndustriALL Global Union’s negotiations with international apparel brands and retailers that source from Bangladesh to broker a binding deal on fire and building safety by the May 15 deadline, the umbrella grouping that represents apparel union affiliates worldwide said Thursday.