The Immeasurable Price of Paying Less

5 years after the Rana Plaza disaster that killed over 1,000 employees in one of Bangladesh’s “death trap” garment factories, some progress has been made towards safer working conditions.

Lacking government oversight, western manufacturers are driving improved safety standards like stronger foundations, smoke alarms and sprinkler systems in many factories. But these same companies demanding higher safety standards and minimum wages refuse to pay more for goods, leaving many factory owners unable to comply. Thousands of workplaces not supplying for western brands remain perilously unsafe with union leaders at risk of being arrested and tortured by the Bangladeshi government.

The Guardian

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