Worker safety in Bangladesh and beyond

  • Article by: New York Times Editorial
  • Updated: May 6, 2013 - 11:01 AM

The death toll from the collapse of a building in Bangladesh that housed several garment factories now stands at more than 500, with many still missing. While staggering, this tragedy is, sadly, not rare.

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FrankLMay. 6, 1311:39 AM

We are not going to solve this problem, this must be done by the local governments. When I was in China in the early 90s, all of the abuses came from factories owned by the locals. The factories owned by Western companies looked like resorts compared to the factories owned by the locals. For example, a dorm for workers would hold 4 people for a western company, while a local company would squeezed 12 into the same room.

davehougMay. 6, 1311:46 AM

Actually this is a case where worker safety is up to us, not Bangladesh. If Bangladesh got serious about safety but not those who sell in the US, you'd see work moving to the next 3rd world country without safety, pollution, fair labor laws etc. If not import fees then import standards with a charge per container to fund inspections. This applies to other industries where imports eat US jobs because pollution / CO2 taxes / safety / labor laws are a non-issue. Free Trade zones only work if the playing field is level, otherwise US & foreign workers get hosed and owners get smiles.

brotherkennyMay. 6, 13 2:52 PM

Heck, we don't care about people in the US, why would we care about foreigners? Just give us our cheap stuff.

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