Thank you, David.
Following the fire that killed at least seven people today who were locked inside Smart Export Garments Ltd in Dhaka, the International Labor Rights Forum, the Worker Rights Consortium, and the Clean Clothes Campaign called on major retailers and brands that buy apparel from Bangladesh to join the labor-supported Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement in order to prevent future tragedies.
According to Judy Gearhart, the Executive Director of the International Labour Rights Forum,
“After more than two decades of the apparel industry knowing about the risks to these workers, nothing substantial has changed. Brands still keep their audit results secret. They still walk away when it suits them and trade unions are still marginalised, weakening workers’ ability to speak up when they are at risk.“