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More factory deaths in Bangladesh

Oct 9

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Ten killed in latest fire

Another garment factory in Bangladesh is at the centre of yet another tragedy as ten workers are reported killed and over 50 injured.

The fire was said to have ripped through the Aswad Composite Mills factory in the capital Dhaka at around 6pm on the 8th October.

Fire-fighters took several hours to extinguish the blaze and investigations into the cause of the blaze are now under-way.

Workers interviewed by the Workers Rights Consortium stated they were producing clothing for Asda/Walmart and other western stores including Loblaw and the Hudson Bay Company.

Clean Clothes Campaign said in a statement "We expect more brands to be found sourcing at the factory and would urge all those with production at Aswad to acknowledge responsibility and to take immediate steps to ensure compensation and medical treatment is provided to those who need it."

The fire comes almost six months after the collapse of Rana Plaza and is the fourth deadly fire to break out in a Bangladesh garment factory in the last twelve months.

Since the Rana Plaza disaster over 90 brands have joined the legally binding Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which aims to tackle the root causes of factory collapses and fires and is jointly governed by brands and trade unions. Loblaw is a signatory of the Accord, while Husdon Bay and Walmart, are part of the industry controlled Alliance.

"This latest tragedy highlights how much still needs to be done to make the Bangladesh garment industry safe" said Ineke Zeldenrust of the Clean Clothes Campaign. "The signing of the Accord was a huge step forward, but this tragedy underlines the need for inspections and renovations to get under-way as a matter of urgency. We urge all those connected to the factory to work together to provide compensation, lost wages and medical treatment to those families and individuals affected by this fire.”



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