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Bangladesh to decide garment wage rise amid unrest fears

A government panel was striving Wednesday to reach agreement on a wage rise for Bangladesh’s crisis-hit garment industry, amid warnings of fresh crippling strikes if the increase is too low. The panel is trying to set a new minimum wage for four million garment workers, after factory disasters in recent…

Fire kills seven in new Bangladesh ‘Gap’ factory disaster

A huge fire at a Bangladeshi factory whose workers were making clothes and fabrics for top Western labels has killed seven people in the latest disaster to blight the country’s garment industry. Firefighters battled through the night to douse the flames at the Aswad Knit Composite factory at Sripur, on…

Bangladesh Islamic groups plan protest over gay rights comments

Bangladesh Islamic groups called Monday for a nationwide protest against Muhammad Yunus over comments in 2012 supporting gay rights, in the latest attack against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer. The country’s main mosque and an Islamic group with links to the government have launched a campaign against Yunus, whom…

Scientists issue new warnings for cancer risk due to high levels of arsenic in rice

Rice tainted with high levels of arsenic has been linked to genetic damage that heightens the risk of cancer, a study published on Monday said. Naturally-occurring arsenic in drinking water is a long-known health hazard, especially in Bangladesh, where tens of millions of people depend on wells drilled in the…

U.S. mega corps shun popular agreement to let unions inspect Bangladesh factories

AFP - Seventy top retailers have pledged to improve worker safety and allow inspection of all of their garment factories in Bangladesh within nine months under a pact signed with unions after a deadly factory collapse, a statement said Monday. Repairs and renovations resulting from the inspections will also be carried…

U.S. cuts Bangladesh trade privileges over worker safety

The United States withdrew trade privileges from Bangladesh Thursday, citing dangerous conditions for workers in the wake of a factory building collapse that killed over 1,100 people. Multiple recent tragedies in the country’s huge garment sector “have served to highlight some of the serious shortcomings in worker rights and workplace…

Tea party ‘leader’ Dick Armey confuses Benghazi with Bangladesh

On the same day that a poll found that many Republicans did not know where Benghazi was even though they considered last year’s terrorist attack there to be the biggest scandal in American history, tea party leader Dick Armey confused the city with the country of Bangladesh. Fox News on…

Woman rescued alive from Bangladesh garment factory rubble: TV

A woman was pulled alive Friday from the ruins of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh more than 16 days after it collapsed and killed over 1,000 people, live television footage showed. The miraculous rescue came shortly after emergency officials announced that the woman called Reshmi had been located under…

Fashion still doesn’t give a damn about the deaths of garment workers

A campaign launched this week aims to ensure the tragedy is a tipping point for both the industry and consumers A week on, the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Bangladesh is now the deadliest catastrophe in the history of the garment industry, with the death toll exceeding 500. The gruesome accounts…

Disney pulls out of Bangladesh amid worker safety concerns

The Walt Disney Company pulls out of Bangladesh: Will that make workers safer? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Bangladeshi woman looks at a wall filled with portraits of missing persons near the site of a garment factory that collapsed last week in Savar near Dhaka,…

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