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The real cost of our clothes: re-dead in explosion in textile factory

The death toll from the fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh rises to eleven. Three workers are still missing and several are seriously injured in the hospital. Four years after the disaster in Rana Plaza, so there is still much work to be done.

Textile workers in Bangladesh © REUTERS

In a textile factory in an industrial zone in Gazipur, a suburb of the capital, Dhaka, found an explosion took place causing a fire for hours the building is infested. The fire was due to the explosion of a boiler. There were eleven dead counted, and several were seriously injured. The rescue work will go by and it is thought that there are still victims underneath the debris will be reached.

The explosion took place in a factory of Multifabs, a company that mostly European brands as customers. According to the director, Mesba Faruqui, the factory was closed at the time of the disaster, leaving only maintenance staff was present.

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About less than a year, the first Agreement around the safety of the Bangladeshi factories and the factories meet the standards. Supervisory bodies indicate that the in Bangladesh is already much better organized than four years ago in the area of safety, but there is still room for improvement. That also proves this new disaster, that all eleven dead on his conscience. When we talk about wages and freedom of association, there is no progress reported for the Bengali textile workers.

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The factory is connected to the Agreement on security and was checked by inspectors.

The factory where the explosion took place is connected with the Agreement relating to safety and was checked by inspectors. According to IndustriALL, the owner of the factory most of the adjustments and renovations already carried out, except for the installation of sprinklers. The inspectors checked the water heater is not, since that must be done by the Bengal government. Also noteworthy is that the factory has no trade union has; again a sign that more must be wagered on freedom of association in Bangladesh. As long as the workers are not able to define what a livable wage and a safe working environment, improve the conditions in Bangladesh are much too slow.

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Just now the streets are flooded with bargain hunters we are again with the nose on the facts.

Just now the streets are flooded with bargain hunters we are again with the nose on the facts. The actual price of those cheap clothes during the sales period even cheaper, is paid by the workers in the South.

From the Fashion Transparency Index, which was compiled by the organization Fashion Revolution, it turns out that brands aren’t transparent enough about their supply chain. It is almost impossible to find out where a garment exactly was made and by whom. The complexity of the chain makes for a lot of problems, such as the discussion about liability. The more transparent brands communicate, the more they are held responsible for their actions.

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