Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Those Who Were Burned Alive

One month ago, a tragic and preventable fire claimed the lives of 28 factory workers in Bangladesh while making clothes for luxury American brands. Gap, Calvin Klein & Tommy Hilfiger are a few companies that are taking the first steps toward providing just compensation for the families of those killed and instituting an urgent program of factory inspections. But Abercrombie & Fitch, Target, JC Penney, Jansport, North Face, OshKosh B’Gosh and the other clothing brands are still dragging their feet. 

We need to put pressure on these companies to begin an immediate inspection of their factories to prevent any more fatalities. The workers are generally young, poor and females. On December 14, more than two dozen of them were burned alive when an easily preventable fire broke out in the unsafe, multi-story sweatshop they were working in. The tragedy began when a fire broke out on the ninth and 10th floors of the multi-story "That's It Sportswear" clothing factory just north the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. With a number of the exits blocked, 28 workers were killed: most burned to death, some trampled to death, some killed by suffocation and others jumped from the flames to their death. Several dozen more suffered severe burns.

Please take action and sign the following petition so that big companies make sure this does not happen again to many other hardworking people who merely go to their factories for their bread and butter.

Petition For Those Who Were Burned Alive

Source: Change.Org

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