‘Bangladeshi Clothing workers Pay for factory Safety Costs’. People who work in the Bangladesh clothing industry pay for the expensive safety improvements that have hit factories.
They get lower wages and are being exploited, trade union leaders report on Wednesday.
The report comes six years after the disaster at the Rana Plaza clothing factory, killing more than 1,100 workers.
After the collapse of that factory, safety standards were strongly insisted on,
but the brands that have their clothing made at the adapted clothing factories do not give money as compensation.
Fashion companies would even pay less than before.
That’s why factories settle the bill with their workers.
Fashion companies continue to insist on low prices and fast production,
which means that clothing workers are mistreated.
That is the conclusion of the human rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) in new research into the sector.
For example, wages go down or are paid late, breaks are cut, and production targets go up.
‘Factories must learn to say’ no ‘at low prices’
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association leader says “we had to invest a lot,
production prices are not going up,”, which has over 4,000 members.
Factories and trade unions are calling on the brands to pay more.
According to union leader Kalpona Akter of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, factory owners should also learn to say no to brands.
They now continually accept lower prices due to the fierce competition between them.
Bangladesh is the second biggest clothing exporter in the world.
Many so-called ‘fast fashion’ brands, which have several collections per season,
have part of their clothing made in the country.