Trade union members in Bangladesh describe poor working conditions in garment factories. Laborers are reluctant to join trade unions as they fear repercussions.
Unions representing millions of clothes factory workers have demanded that their minimum monthly pay be tripled. The garment industry accounts for more than 80 percent of the country's exports and employs mostly women.
Five years after the biggest industrial disaster in Bangladesh’s history, no relief seems to be in sight for the thousands of survivors who are suffering from severe physical and psychological trauma.
Unions at a global clothing brand hope its agreement to pay to meet fire and building safety regulations in 150 garment factories in Bangladesh could herald a new era. Time will tell if other brands follow suit.
Four years ago the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,100 people. Working conditions have improved since then, but wages have not. Maria Zimmerman reports from Dhaka.
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