Poison Food For Workers – A Typical Case

Apart from the 200 victims of food poisoning recently in Karim Textiles [1], yet another such incident took place in Best Wool Sweaters Ltd at Gazipur on 23.04.2014.

There were at least 200 workers who were admitted to local clinics which complains ranging from vomiting, extreme stomach pain and illness after eating an evening snack served to them at around 8:30PM.  M***, a helper at this factory, says “the evening snack was served to workers so that they can continue working in night-shift even after they had been working for the entire day. Food were bought and stored for them, and temperatures were souring above 40 degrees Celsius that day; the food also looked stale, but we were hungry and we needed energy to continue working in such heat inside our cramped factory floors.” M*** is one of the workers who ate the food while some refused to consume and remain hungry due to their doubts on the food being stale.

According to the workers, the food consisted of one egg, one banana, one loaf of bread, and one biscuit. When the workers fell ill, they were admitted to different hospitals and clinics. Dr KM Sharif, a doctor at the city’s Sharif Medical said some 120 workers took treatment at the hospital while others went to smaller clinics around the region.

While Best Wool Sweaters boast its buyers among top western brands such as Bestseller, C&A, H&M, Celio, ESPRIT [2], it also has been audited by the famed audit firm TUV Sud [3].

Auditing Company Name: TÜV SÜD Bangladesh (Pvt.) Ltd.
Audit report number: DHK-CPD-11-C-177

The sick RMG workers were admitted to different hospitals and clinics.

 

Dr KM Sharif, a doctor at the city’s Sharif Medical, said some 120 workers took treatment at the hospital.

– See more at: http://unbconnect.com/workers-illness/#&panel1-1

The sick RMG workers were admitted to different hospitals and clinics.

 

Dr KM Sharif, a doctor at the city’s Sharif Medical, said some 120 workers took treatment at the hospital.

– See more at: http://unbconnect.com/workers-illness/#&panel1-1

M*** also reports that the factory does not give maternity leaves to its workers, and neither do the workers get paid leaves or festival bonuses. For each day missed, 3 days are counted absent. The helper is given BDT 5300 and made to work will midnight, without any overtime at all.

The food poisoning at Best Wool Sweater is a typical case of neglect and breaking labor law. The factory, already exploiting its workers, did not take the hot summer into consideration for the food to remain fresh. It is the hottest month in 54 years of Bangladeshi history, and this food was already of a very low quality. Workers being made to work continuously since days into the night, without rest or sleep, inside the cramped and over heated factory floors is already detrimental for health, and in such conditions this food was a recipe for disaster.

The law for overtime [4] is broken, thus the law for overtime payment is also not taken into consideration.

When it is obvious that there are similarities in factories where disasters such as these happen, it may as well be expected that such occurrences/accidents/neglect and thus harassment be completely stopped with obvious responsibility, and buyers should ensure that just as much as factory owners must.

 

RISE Society.

 

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[1] https://risebd.com/2014/04/21/at-least-200-garment-workers-in-clinics-for-food-poisoning/

[2] http://www.bestwoolbd.net/Factory%20Profile%2022.01.12.ppt

[3] http://www.bestwoolbd.net/profile.html

[4] https://risebd.com/2014/02/25/worker_rights_201314_bangladesh/

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2 comments on “Poison Food For Workers – A Typical Case
  1. Enam says:

    just want to stop

  2. […] Poison Food For Workers – A Typical Case […]

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