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  •  I will try to round up links (14+ / 0-)

    I have recently read that there has been efforts to form unions of women workers, that the unionizing efforts have been met with violence by the Bangladeshi government, for whom garment sales are a major source of foreign trade, that Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries of the world and that up to about 10 years ago its major export was girls sold into prostitution in India.

    Also: many people live in a flood zone and many farmers and farm workers get killed every year during the monsoon season.

    Unfortunately, I don't have time, immediately to track down links for any of this. I will try to do so tonight.

    •  Right (3+ / 0-)
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      What do you expect Bangladesh to do?

      They will never do anything that puts their export foreign trade in jeopardy. Even people's safety (in a general sense) is less important than keeping foreign exchange coming in.

      This isn't just true for the 'rich' of Bangladesh, but for the poor as well. The horrible factory conditions there are better than other options if the garment factories didn't exist.

      They definitely don't want safety inspections in Bangladesh making it so expensive that the garment factories go to China instead.

      That being said, something needs to be done here and Walmart needs to be enforcing minimum safety and labor standards on all factories no matter where they are located.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 02:36:19 PM PST

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    •  See my diary (0+ / 0-)


      Where I put some Bangladesh information together with links. Scary place

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