factory safety

Shahanaz, Tazreen Survivor: Now My Life Seems Worthless

“Now my life seems worthless,” Shahanaz Begum said, crying. “I cannot see through my right eye. I have problems in my spinal cord and can’t even walk properly. I cannot sit because my left leg was broken (and did not heal well), my right leg is filled with blood clots and I cannot lift heavy… [READ MORE]

Nasima, Tazreen Survivor: Day by Day, My Situation Is Getting Worse

Nasima, 25, cannot neither breathe nor see well these days. She speaks softly, too weak to raise her voice. Nasima escaped the November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions garment factory fire in Bangladesh with her life, but her injuries from the disaster are so extensive that she can no longer support herself and her family. “I… [READ MORE]

Tazreen Survivor, Morsheda: We Poor Have Lost Everything

Morsheda could not travel to her home village in Bangladesh for the recent Eid holiday because she could not afford the trip. Her 9-year-old son, who lives in the village with his grandmother, told neighbors there that he does not have parents because if he did, they would be with him for the holiday “You… [READ MORE]

Tazreen Survivor, Anjuara: Too Injured to Hold Her Child

Anjuara suffers from constant pain. She is too injured to work and unable to pay the rent. Yet this is not the worst of her suffering following the November 24, 2012, Tazreen Fashions garment factory fire in Bangladesh. “The most painful thing is that I haven’t been able to lift up my 3-year-old baby girl… [READ MORE]

Aferza, Tazreen Survivor: I Starve with My Kids

To mark the one-year anniversary of the deadly Tazreen Fashions factory fire in Bangladesh, the Solidarity Center is highlighting stories of survivors and their families. Aferza, 25, left her village in 2010 for Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, to escape poverty. She planned to help support her family and educate her children with the money she… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh Union Leader: Global Support Key for Working Women

Women around the world work make up the vast majority of workers in dangerous, difficult and low-paid  jobs—and in Bangladesh, garment workers, the majority of whom are women, often risk their lives for a chance to support themselves and their families. More than 1,100 workers were killed in the most recent garment factory  disaster when… [READ MORE]

U.S. Rep. Miller Meets with Bangladesh Garment Union Leaders

The freedom to form factory-level unions and negotiate job safety, living wages and fundamental social protections is key to any reform of Bangladesh’s labor laws, leaders and members of Bangladesh unions and worker organizations told U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). Over the weekend, Miller held two meetings at the Solidarity Center’s Bangladesh office with garment… [READ MORE]

Cambodia: Owner Admits Negligence in Factory Collapse

At least 23 garment workers were injured today when a structure the workers used for rest breaks collapsed in Cambodia. The collapse comes just days after two workers were killed when a ceiling caved in at a Cambodian shoe factory. Over the weekend, the owner of the Wing Star Shoe factory said negligence led to the… [READ MORE]