Bangladesh garment workers took to the streets today in the Ashulia industrial zone outside of the capital Dhaka, protesting the second-lowest wages in Asia, after another demonstration yesterday left at least two dead.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. posted the names and safety assessments of 75 factories in Bangladesh where its apparel is made after clothing-manufacturing working conditions in the nation led to public outcry in the past year.
Six months ago, when 1,127 Bangladeshi workers were killed in the collapse of a high-rise warren of garment factories, international outcry led to pledges by western retailers and the government to set up a large-scale inspection regime and a new wage system.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it won’t accept an agreement “at this time” to improve fire and building safety in Bangladesh that’s supported by labor monitoring groups and was signed by several retailers this week.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is under increasing pressure from investors and labor-rights groups to name its garment suppliers after a fire in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people at a factory that made its clothes.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which has acknowledged one of its suppliers used the Bangladesh factory where more than 100 people died in a Nov. 24 blaze, worked with at least five suppliers there this year, documents found in the ruins by a labor-rights group show.