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UPDATE: Factory Fire Kills 21 and injures 31 in Bangladesh H&M a Major Producer

March 8, 2010  |  Share

Garib & Garib workers march for justice

Original Report:(March 5, 2010)

Workers at the Garib & Garib sweater factory, where 21 workers were killed and 31 injured after a fire broke out at 9:30 p.m. on February 25, contradict what a spokesperson for the retailer H&M has been telling the media.  H&M is claiming that the company is a “minor producer” in the factory.  The workers say that H&M is a major producer in the Garib & Garib plant, sometimes accounting for up to 80 percent of total production.  The one label every single worker in the factory can name is H&M.

The workers have again confirmed that the main entrance/exit gate to the factory was locked, as were the exit doors on the 6th floor where 21 of the trapped workers died.

At least two progressive unions in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS) and the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF) are supporting the workers at the Garib & Garib factory in their struggle for justice.

Along with compensation for the families of the dead workers, the NGWF is demanding full medical treatment and compensation for workers injured in the fire, a thorough investigation of factory conditions that led to the tragic fire and the arrest of the factory owner.

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