Trade union members in Bangladesh describe working poor conditions in garment factories. Workers are reluctant to join trade unions as they fear repercussions from powerful factory owners.
More than five years since two fatal factory disasters in Bangladesh and Pakistan, the issue of workers' safety in South Asia remains unresolved. It becomes an even bigger issue when European companies are involved.
Police have said that at least 19 people have been killed in an office building fire in the business district of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. The blaze is the latest in a series of workplace fires.
Bangladeshi police say they have arrested two owners of a high-rise building that caught fire last week, killing 26 people. The disaster highlights the often lax enforcement of fire safety regulations in the country.
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.
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