Bangladesh sweatshop tragedy: activists to protest Penneys

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200 workers have died in a sweatshop collapse in Bangladesh. Garments found in the rubble belong to Penneys, Walmart and other corporate giants.

Workers had left the building after noticing cracks appearing but were forced under threat to go back in. Extra floors had been added to the building, without planning permission, to squeeze in as many workers as possible.

"None of us wanted to go in, the bosses came after us with beating sticks. In the end we were forced to go in." said one worker.

Workers are paid next to nothing with wages as low as $39 dollars a month. Helpers can earn as little as 18cent an hour. In 2006 a War on Want report found that Penneys had been using child labour paying 3p an hour for up to 84 hour weeks.

85% of workers in these sweatshops are women who are forced to bring their children to work as there are no creche facilities.

Meanwhile the CEO of Associated British Foods,George G.Weston, who owns Penneys,Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason, made £950,000 last year with the company posting profits of just over 1 Billion.

We demand that Penneys and other companies respect worker's rights, recognise the right to form trade unions and pay a living wage to employees.

Penneys and other companies should be forced to pay into a compensation fund to help the victims of the present building collapse.

Activists in Dublin will be protesting outside Penneys on Dublin's O Connell St this Saturday at 2pm while collecting petitions demanding compensation for the victims and the respect of worker's rights both here and abroad.

Contact 0872604143 for more info.

April 25, 2013 - 15:02
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