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Rights abuses still rampant in Bangladesh’s garment sector

 IPS 27 April 2019

The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, April 2013 that killed 1,100 people and injured 2,500 was deemed one of the worst industrial accidents in modern history. Two years on, Bangladesh’s garments sector is still plagued with many ills that make life for the four million people it employs a waking nightmare. A recent report found that safety standards are still low, workplace abuse - including verbal, physical and sexual abuse - is common, and union busting – as well as violent attacks and intimidation of union organisers – remains the norm. (1458 Words) - By Kanya D'Almeida and Naimul Haq

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Joli Khatun (R) works in a garment factory in Gazipur and is severely underpaid - she does four hours overtime every day and earns 4,000 taka ($57) per month. Poor pay and unsafe working conditions are some of the many rights abuses faced by over four million workers in Bangladesh’s garments sector.  Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

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