With the hundred and third anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire approaching I thought it a good idea to review where we stand today in terms of labour rights for those who toil in the garment factories of the world.
First a little history on the Shirtwaist fire: ....Triangle Shirtwaist fire that claimed the lives of 129 women and 17
men,some as young as 14. They toiled under horrendous conditions working
14 hour days with but one half hour break.When fire broke out that
fateful day, it spread quickly from one pile of fabric to another.To
their horror these unfortunate workers found themselves unable to flee
the flames because the doors were locked to keep labour organizers out ,
some took to the fire escape only to have it collapse sending many
plummeting to their deaths on the pavement below.
" I learned a new sound, a more horrible sound than description
can picture. It was the thud of a speeding living body on a stone
sidewalk. THUD dead! ... THUD dead!....THUD dead! "
Which leads me to this video I came across the other day about another garment factory fire, a hundred years later, this time in Bangladesh, As the narrator points out in 2010 the victims of this fire earn adjusted for inflation a tenth of what the victims of the Shirtwaist fire did in 1911.
THUD dead! ... THUD dead!....THUD dead!
Why it`s almost like they decided to erase the twentieth century.
The 2010 Dhaka fire was a fire in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 3 June 2010 that killed at least 124 people (117 on spot, others later in hospital)
Garment factories in the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Lahore
caught fire on 11 September 2012. The fires occurred in a textile
factory in the western part of Karachi and in a shoemaking factory in
Lahore. The fires are considered to be the most deadly and worst
industrial factory fires in Pakistan's history, killing 257 people and seriously injuring more than 600
On 24 April 2013, Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh. The search for the dead ended on 13 May with the death toll of 1,129