The price of cheap clothes? – Dhaka factory disaster

On Wednesday 24 April 2013 a building complex collapsed on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh. The building was home to a large garment factory making clothes for western retailers such as Primark.

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Factory bosses Mahbubur Rahman Tapas and Balzul Samad Adnan surrendered to police on Saturday while Aminul Islam was arrested later the same day.

Police said they had ordered an evacuation of the building on Tuesday after cracks appeared, but that the factories ignored them and were operating the next day.
In pictures:
VIDEO – Survivor speaks of collapse whilst authorities fire on angry protestors:
On Sunday, thousands of relatives of missing workers were waiting at the site as survivors and the dead are pulled from the rubble.

Police said 353 bodies had been been found, 301 of which had been identified. A further 2,431 people are known to have survived.
VIDEO – Western brands criticised over factory collapse:
Following the disaster, questions have been asked in the UK about whether our demand for cheap clothes has somehow contributed to this dreadful event

BBC News: Shoppers in London were asked if they knew where the clothes they were wearing were manufactured and if they were aware of the Dhaka building collapse in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has one of the largest garment industries in the world, providing cheap clothing for major Western retailers which benefit from its widespread low-cost labour.
People on Oxford Street, London, spoke about what they knew of events in Bangladesh and whether they would be happy to pay higher prices for their clothes.

Bangladeshfactory collapse: Who really pays for our cheap clothes?

VIDEO – Bangladeshgarment industry scrutinized:
Bangladeshtextile workers deaths ‘avoidable’

Dark underworld of Bangladesh clothes industry:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22306135

Why are workers who make cheap clothes paying with their lives?
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/primark-and-the-high-street-why-are-the-workers-who-make-our-cheap-clothes-paying-with-their-lives-8590489.html

Sources: BBC News, ITN, Al Jazeera, CNN, Daily Mail, The Independent
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Tenth worker dies at i-Pod factory

The Foxconn factory in the southern Chinese boom town of Shenzhen is so vast that walking around its outer perimeter takes two hours. Its workers turn out components that are supplied to big Western electronics brands including Nokia, Hewlett-Packard and Dell. And it is here that most of the parts for Apple’s iPhone, and the much-awaited iPad, which goes on sale in the UK this week, are manufactured.

Yesterday, Li Hai, a 19-year-old employee of the firm, jumped from the top of the building in Shenzhen to his death. It brought the number of suspected suicides at the factory this year to 10. There have been another two attempted suicides.

Story sourced from: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tenth-worker-at-ipad-factory-commits-suicide-1982897.html

Additional information can also be found at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/china-business/7763699/Protest-at-Chinese-iPad-maker-Foxconn-after-11th-suicide-attempt-this-year.html

Posted by D.Drake