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Action Alert: Walmart Could Have Prevented This Horror

Business  (tags: action alert, sign the petition, Walmart, Bangladesh, sweat shop, 112 dead, massive fire, building unsafe, demand inspections )

- 944 days ago -
"Walmart is claiming it has no responsibility for the deaths, Walmart knew the risk to workers. Inspectors working for Walmart gave the factory "high risk" and "medium risk" safety ratings just last year." Please sign the petition.

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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 10:17 am
Noted, signed, twittered, fb shared and google shared. Thanks Brian. This is a heartbreaking tragedy and it just figures that Slavemart would somehow be involved.

Darlene W. (300)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 10:21 am
Another reason I do not shop at Walmart--and people ask me 'Why won't you go to Walmart?'--because I WILL NOT support any corporation, company, etc. that would harm people in any way--which is another reason I don't back politicians--lol. Blessings to all these poor people for the trauma they go through at the expense of themselves so those money hungry assinine idgits can line their pockets.

Elizabeth O. (91)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 10:29 am

Les M. (5)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 12:53 pm
i do not shop at walmart b/c of the numerous violations against employees. unfortunately, everyone i know does shops there even after i've educated them on walmart's practices. i don't know if they think i'm over stating the issues, they don't believe me or maybe they don't care.

Roseann d. (178)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 1:00 pm
I know! I have former co-workers who still work in the corporate offices, in the Creative Dept. I just cannot do it. The company disgusts me.

Kit B. (276)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 1:00 pm

Signed and shared - Goal of 75,000 @ 76,105 when I signed.

Shop in local stores, support real Small Business.

Jane H. (139)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 1:57 pm
Thanks, Brian----noted and signed

Fran away F. (118)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 4:43 pm
Noted and signed, thanks, Brian. Current signature count is 80,602, current goal is 90,000. I don't shop at Walmart either: they are insidious in so many ways.

Dandelion G. (384)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 4:43 pm
Had already signed, but I'm glad so many people on C2 is covering this it should be. Another TriAngle Shirtwaste Tragedy that didn't have to happen.

Gloria picchetti (302)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 4:57 pm
Already signed & pround to have done so. Walmart is not in our best interest.

Linda W. (173)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 5:20 pm
Signed ~ Thanks Brian

Angelika R. (148)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:42 pm
Gladly signed, glad to see signs near goal and glad you posted this petition, thx Brian! I had posted the story itself and there were several other US brands involved as well (e.g.Sears,Combs,JC Penney, Tesco), apart from Walmart, a tragedy and a shame!

Dorothy N. (63)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 7:13 pm
Walmart didn't lose any money by the death of these worker, and is laughing all the way to the bank...


Giana Peranio-Pazg (413)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 10:40 pm
Noted and signed.

Roxy H. (340)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 11:35 pm
Thank you!

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divergent revolution (326)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:05 am

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (48)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 6:30 am

Jill M. (6)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:03 am
Noted & signed. I've been boycotting this co. for many years for their universally poor treatment of workers. Something to consider.

bilja c. (48)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 10:02 am

Gillian M. (218)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:10 pm
Signed but this is not the first time that Walmart has used a factory that has burned down with workers in it. There is no health & safety in India or other ex-Indian countries that I am aware of.

None of the countries which produce cheap labour, such as China or Bangladesh, care about the welfare of the workers as they are cheap & easy to replace.

Barbara Goheen (0)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:26 pm
Thanks, Brian----noted and signed

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 1:14 pm
I don't get it. Walmart did not own the factory, they just bought their goods.
That's like holding me responsible if there is a fire at Cosco, because I'm buying their products.
Or my fault if my neighbor goes up in flames because I knew he did not have smoke detectors. REALLY!

Lois Jordan (60)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 4:33 pm
Gladly signed & noted. Thanks, Brian.

Brian M. (211)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 9:25 pm
If Walmart only purchased from factories that ensured worker safety, then these sweatshops that are little more than dens of slavery would not profit off of Walmart. Walmart is a Judas that makes its thirty pieces of silver off of the misery and death of workers around the world.

R T. (14)
Friday November 30, 2012, 3:05 am
Here we see the typical knee jerk reaction that seems to be the norm for many C2 members. How on earth is this fire Walmarts fault. Somebody found a Walmart brand label in the debris, so what. Yes, IF Walmart inspectors were their and found fault they could probably have put more pressure on the factory owners by threatening to withdraw orders but at the end of the day the factory owners, municipality and Govt. should be held responsible. Make no mistake I dislike Walmarts ethics as much as the next person but that doesn't make them guilty. The response on this page makes C2 members guilty of unfair, groundless, knee jerk reactions and reduces the value of this fine site.
Yes I signed because I would like to see Walmart and other big companies use their buying power to bring change in these poor countries.

Brian M. (211)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:08 am
Kathy Lee Gifford was not personally responsible for the children enslaved in sweat shops in Central America producing her clothing line, but, when the American people found out that she was profiting from that kind of labor, they demanded that she take responsibility for the production of the clothing that bore her label. Similarly, Walmart is profiting from slave labor and unsafe working conditions. The "workers,"more like slaves, bear the costs of production while Walmart makes all the profit. Walmart profits from unsafe working conditions in the production of its products. Therefore, it is responsible for ensuring that workers that make the products that it sells are working in safe conditions. To suggest otherwise is to imply that workers shouldn't even have basic human rights...and that is about as Un-American as the most rabid teabag rant on this site.

Lloyd H. (46)
Friday November 30, 2012, 9:38 am
Robin is correct. Walmart, for all of its lack of ethics, is not responsible fo the fire or the deaths. Walmart did/does not own, run or regulate the factory or the company that owns it. If you think that Walmart putting pressure or even pulling its business would have improved anything you are to be polite delusional, to be blunt just plain stupid, there are always going to be profit first - people last corporations that will this factory and others just like it open and running at high profit. You might want to pull your heads from your nether regions and remember that particulaly during the Repug Presidential Primary more than one call was made for the repeal of American Child Labor Laws, eliminating OSHA(Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Repugs in both the US House and Senate refuse to eliminate the Tax Code Profit Incentive for Off-Shoring US Manufacturing jobs and plants and refused to pass Tax Code Incentives to Bring or Keep US Manufacturing Jobs/Plants back to the US. And you damn well better remember the plain and simple fact that the reason that there are so damn few of these 'fires' in the USA is Unions. And Unions are at the top of the ALEC/Repug Hit List because preventing these 'fires' and treating employees like humans does not increase profits.

Brian M. (211)
Friday November 30, 2012, 11:16 am
Walmart is morally responsible, if not legally responsible, for supporting oppressive conditions for workers around the world. Instead of importing sweatshop, slave labor values, American companies have a moral obligation to spread American values, such as collective bargaining, worker safety, and workers rights around the world. It makes no sense to let Walmart off the hook when they profit the most from the deaths of these workers.

Krystal R. (123)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:12 pm
Tell Walmart it must join an independent fire safety inspection program supported by Bangladeshi and international labour unions, to prevent tragedies like this.

Brian M. (211)
Friday November 30, 2012, 12:35 pm
Right on, Krystal!

natalie n. (164)
Monday December 3, 2012, 9:01 am
these people do not have a conscience and think that human lives are dispensable. this is a total outrage.

Brian M. (211)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:05 am
No one should have to die just to make the wealthy even wealthier.
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