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After another Bangladeshi garment factory disaster, it's time to say enough

Another fire has ravaged yet another Bangladesh garment factory last night, this one taking the lives of at least eight workers.

Public attention has remained on the Bangladesh garment industry in the wake of a catastrophic factory collapse two weeks ago, whose death toll is as high as 900 workers.

To say this is a travesty is an understatement.

Bangladesh, now the second-largest exporter of clothing, has notoriously dangerous working conditions for its garment workers.

It’s time we put our foot down and say enough.

Enough of negligent employers profiting from unsafe buildings with dangerous working conditions. Enough of clothing brands ignoring the conditions in which their products are made. Enough of consumers demanding cheaper clothing while the workers making these items cannot earn a fair wage in a safe environment. Enough of insufficient regulations for worker protection. 

After the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in the early 20th Century, labor leaders successfully fought for safer working conditions for all workers – not just those in the garment industry. Isn’t it time to do the same for the Bangladeshi garment workers?

If not now, what will it take? A worse disaster than we’ve already seen this month?

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