One hundred and twelve people dead. Most died jumping from upper stories as the ground floor was engulfed in flames. There were no external fire escapes. The ABC news article I read says that Bangladesh has some of the worst working conditions in the world.
The factory was making American brands of clothing, for Wal-Mart, Sears, and other retailers.
I don’t buy many clothes, but I will not be buying Made in Bangladesh clothes any more.
I suppose one could argue that not buying clothes made in Bangladesh makes life harder for Bangladeshi workers, but I can’t see how it could be worse than the status quo — isn’t it better not to have a job, than to have one that kills you, literally?
And perhaps boycotting clothes made in Bangladesh will make working conditions better there?
I don’t know, but I do know that I cannot countenance buying clothes made under conditions described in the article.
What do you think? Will a boycott help improve working conditions in Bangladesh? Will you be boycotting clothes made in Bangladesh? Tell me in the comments, please.
- Bangladesh garment factory fire kills 120 (nation.com.pk)
- At Least 124 Killed in Fire at Bangladesh Garment Factory (bloomberg.com)
- Bangladesh factory fire kills at least 121 (abc.net.au)
- 112 killed in fire at Bangladesh garment factory (news.yahoo.com)
- At least 117 killed in Bangladesh fire (edition.cnn.com)
- More than 100 killed in Bangladesh factory fire (worldnews.nbcnews.com)