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Pretend not to notice.

1.125, mostly young men and womenis the number of victims found , up to now, in the debris following the collapse of a clothes factory in Bangladesh.

This tragedy has put the industry under the spotlight, the poor conditions in which these workers work and their low pay ( barely 30 euros a month) although exports are worth over 14 billion euros a year.

It has just been announced that the government will establish a committee to increase the minimum wage of textile workers while some European retailers, which receive sixty per cent of the clothes made in the country, have promised to compensate victims’ families.

Some consumers feel confused over whether they should feel a shared responsibility because of their low-price shopping habits.

Activists have started a petition  Guilt-free clothing to urge fashion brands to sign an enforceable building safety agreement.



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This entry was posted on 13/05/2013 by in Listening, Social Issues.
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