[Since April, the bloggers of Alal O Dulal have repeatedly warned that HR violations in garments industry will destroy this sector. Those in the garments sector, media, and government who deny reality and call human rights activists “enemy of progress” will reap a bitter harvest (even the PM dismissed the Aminul Islam disappearance on a BBC interview). In July we posted the headline “storm coming.” We were ignored. Now the storm is here, as the bankruptcy of the HR situation in “golden” garments sector is revealed to the world.]
120 people dead and counting. Front page on the BBC, NYT, Guardian and – most ominously – the FT. (Links below the fold). The merchant princes of the BGMEA/BTMEA have insisted for two prosperous decades that any concession to labour’s demands for better wages or safety standards would drive them out of business. For them, the storm has made landfall this weekend taking 120 lives already.
We have warned about garments being in focus since we started this blog (links below the fold). We appreciate the unique role it plays in our economy. It is to preserve and grow this industry that the garments-wallahs need to wake up and listen to their workers.
Over the past two years, we have seen scandals snowball and precipitate an avalanche in the West, burying their victims before they have even had time to look up. Deep Horizon and Tony “I’d like to get my life back” Hayward, phone hacking and the Murdoch gang, Jimmy Savile and the BBC, love triangles and Dave Petraeus to name a few. Do the garments-wallahs really want to add to that list?
Alal o Dulal: Who Killed Aminul Islam? – April / Garment: storm coming – July / Pechal thread with links to testimony before Congress – July / NYT Front Page: Made in Bangladesh – August / Will “Made in Bangladesh” become a scarlet letter? – September