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New Factory Fire Shatters The Illusion Of Safety

The fire at the Matrix Sweater Factory is special. It is special despite the fact the previous fires have claimed lives and this one (fortunately) didn’t. The 6000 workers of this factory narrowly escaped certain fatalities due to an accident

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Posted in Garment Worker Issues

Sweater Factory Wages (Translated New Law) and a Brief Analysis

(Translation of The Government Gazette on Sweater Factory Minimum Wage [1]) ————————————————————————————————————————————— Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Ministry of Labor and Employment Subsection-6 No. 40.0000.016.32.021.13 (part-2)/160 Notice Date: 1 December 2014   Subject: Guidelines for Garment Sweater Factory

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Businessmen count on “Cheap Labour” To Drive $5b In Exports Revenue Through The Bangladeshi Leather Sector

When businessmen count on “cheap labor” for economic growth, exploitation becomes inevitable. However, this is the most significant factory for the leather and leather goods exporters and manufacturers of Bangladesh in an event named as “Global Social Responsibility Conference (3rd)”

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Posted in Leather Worker Issues

Doreen Workers Denied of Outstanding Payments

After Doreen Fashion Garments Limited decided to shift the factory to a new location, workers protested. The reason was simple: workers live in small rented rooms or slums around their factories. On a shift of the factory to a far

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The Eid Festival for Workers – Uncertainty, Pain, Death, Wait … vain.

Just when it probably was the time to make joyous wishes and forget the recent poignant memories of painful events in Bangladesh’s most labor intensive industries, today on 05 October 2014, a fire broke out originating from the gas cylinder

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Toxic Tanneries Yet to Shift From Hazaribagh – The wait contineous.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu warned tannery owners of cancelling their plots unless they relocate their factories from Hazaribagh in Dhaka to the Leather Industrial Park at Savar by March 2015. The minister expressed concerns of Bangladesh losing on its

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Posted in Leather Worker Issues

Export Processing Zones (EPZ) to have “Freedom of Association” – First step towards a milestone

After a week since the negative US review came over the GSP issue in Bangladesh, the cabinet yesterday approved a draft law which would pave the way for Bangladesh Export Processing Zone workers to unionize. The demand for freedom of

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