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Bangladesh, et al, & the U.S.A.: The Insanity Continues

posted by Ida B. Wells IV @ 9:52 AM
May 3, 2013

bangladesh-building-collapse_66687_600x450    How much did you pay for that blouse you’re wearing?  $ 15.00, $ 45.00; and for that skirt hanging in the closet––$ 95.00, $ 125?  And for that cute Disney doll you purchased for your niece?

How about this, those ‘on sale’ items may have cost hmmm 100 lives, 300 lives or even 1,000 lives?  Do you think that is too expensive?  Or do you feel that it is not your fault, or your problem? If so, think again!

An ill-constructed manufacturing plant near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed on clothing-factory workers.  Some 377 people were killed.  Bangladesh––after China and India–– is the world’s third largest clothing manufacturer.  Yet it has no paid disaster workers, and relied solely on volunteers to ‘dig’ victims out of the rubble.

This insanity must stop.  With some 40% of Americans either out of work, or working beneath their qualifications for low minimum wage, American corporate heads prefer to go overseas to a poor nation to have extremely low-income scale workers make your clothes at slave-level wages.

Meanwhile, most U.S. workers barely make enough at minimum wage to purchase the items––unless they go to a store such as Wal-Mart––which by the way––apparently stopped investigations about worker-safety in Bangladesh.

Since 2005, collapses of shoddy building construction in Bangladesh have killed over a 1,000 people. David Bacon at counter writes in ‘Shameful Complicity In The Fatal Factories of Bangladesh:’

“. . . factory owners refused to evacuate . . . after huge cracks appeared in the walls, even after safety engineers told Picture-girl-Bangladesh-building-collapsethem not to let workers inside.  Plant staff told union representatives they’d be docked three days pay for each day of an absence, and so [workers] went inside despite . . . worries.” Thankfully, the factory owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana, was arrested as a fugitive when he tried to cross the border into India.

Associated Press reporter, Khurshed Rinku, claimed last December in ‘Documents Indicate Walmart Blocked Safety Push in Bangladesh:’  “[Papers] found at the Tazreen apparel factory in Bangladesh, where 112 workers died in a fire . . . indicate that three American garment companies were using the factory during the past year to supply goods to Walmart and its Sam’s Club subsidiary.”

Local government officials told Rinku that in 2011 “ the Walmart official there played the lead role in blocking an effort to have global retailers pay more for apparel to help Bangladesh factories improve their electrical and fire safety.”

Such materialistic idolatry must change.  Americans must take responsibility for murderous sacrifices made to bring cheaply made goods to these shores.  To continue purchasing these items is material idolatry.  As wholesale Christian t-shirts attest: “But what saith . . .God . . . I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to [the image of] Baal (Romans 11: 4)”.

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