fire safety

Peru: Factory Fire Exposes Forced, Child Labor

  • June 30, 2017
  • Solidarity Center

A deadly fire in a Peruvian warehouse has exposed forced and child labor and exploitive working conditions in the country’s vast informal economy. Four workers, one just 15 years old, who were locked into storage containers that doubled as work spaces are missing and presumed dead. The blaze also injured at least 15 people, according… [READ MORE]

3 Years after Rana Plaza, Little Change without a Union

  • April 20, 2016
  • Balmi Chisim

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, the conditions Sharina describes at the garment factory where she works can be summed up in three words: dangerous, unsanitary and exploitative. Wages are delayed. Legally required maternity leave is denied. Workers are sometimes forced to toil until 3 a.m. and are fired if they refuse. Bathroom facilities are so appalling workers… [READ MORE]

Bangladesh: ‘An Effective Union Can Ensure Fire Safety’

  • November 19, 2015
  • Mushfique Wadud

Bilkish Begum says she and other workers at a garment factory in Bangladesh could not discuss implementing fire safety measures with their employer—even after the deadly blaze at Tazreen Fashions factory killed 112 workers three years ago next week. Only when they formed a union, which provides workers with protection against retaliation for seeking to improve… [READ MORE]

Tazreen Fire Survivors: ‘Our Suffering Has Just Started’

“You have forgotten the Tazreen fire incident but our actual suffering has just started,” says Anju, who experienced severe head, eye and other bodily injuries during the fatal Tazreen Fashions Ltd. fire in Bangladesh that killed 112 garment workers. Survivors of the November 24, 2012, Tazreen fire who recently talked with Solidarity Center staff in… [READ MORE]

Workers & Their Unions Spur Job Safety & Health

Safe and healthy jobs are among workers’ most fundamental rights, and each year on April 28, World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the global labor community shines a spotlight on these rights. Workers and their unions commemorate those who lost their lives on the job and hold events and informational activities to raise… [READ MORE]

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]

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]