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We look on in horror as the death toll in the latest industrial accident in Bangladesh continues to rise. This is the country that has won the global race to the bottom: the lowest wages, and the worst conditions. The horrible death tool has reached more than 1,000 people – and the lives of their families ripped apart.

This is what a world without unions looks like: people dying to make cheap, disposable clothes for the Western market.

What happened in Bangladesh this week was nothing new: last year, more than a hundred workers died in a fire at Tazreen Fashions. A year ago, union organiser Aminul Islam was murdered. Over the past few years there have been a number of fatal fires and accidents at Bangladeshi textile factories.

Please also make sure you sign the petition organised by the National Garment Workers’ Federation in Bangladesh, telling Primark, Matalan and Mango to take responsibility for their supply chain


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