garment factories

Bangladesh Garment Workers Win Factory Improvements

  • September 2, 2015
  • Mushfique Wadud

Garment workers at Sin Sin Poly factory in Bangladesh’s export processing zone (EPZ) won increased pay and leave benefits in August after forming a workers’ welfare association and successfully negotiating with management. Mehedi Hasan, 35, was among workers helping form the association. When Mehedi began work at the factory, where he was hired to make… [READ MORE]

U.S. Trade Decision Key Step for Bangladesh Worker Rights

Workers in Bangladesh—especially millions of poorly paid garment workers who often risk their lives in dangerous factories—won a new tool to advance their rights when the United States suspended preferential trade benefits with the country. Yesterday’s announcement that the United States suspended its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) agreement with Bangladesh based on chronic and… [READ MORE]

Paying with Their Lives: The High Cost of Cheap Clothing

  • November 28, 2012
  • Alonzo Suson, Bangladesh Country Program Director

Cheap clothes come at great cost in Bangladesh. Last weekend, more than 110 garment workers died in a fire that burned the Tazreen Fashion Ltd. garment factory, located in the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.  Women and men working overtime on the production lines—located on the second and third floors of the building—were trapped when… [READ MORE]

U.S. Ambassador Warns against ‘Tarnishing the Bangladesh Brand’

U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena warned garment industry leaders in Dhaka that recent developments in the ready-made garment industry, including the unsolved murder of union activist Aminul Islam, could coalesce into “a perfect storm that could threaten the Bangladesh brand” in the United States. “Although this murder has elicited little attention or interest in… [READ MORE]