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TAKE ACTION: Tell Walmart, H&M and Gap: Do Your Part to Stop the Murders of Garment Workers in Bangladesh~ PLEASE SIGN

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Call on Walmart, H&M, and Gap to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement before the next factory fire or building collapse takes the lives of more garment workers.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 1:40 pm
Join us in calling on Walmart, H&M and Gap, the largest buyers of clothing made in Bangladesh, to make immediate safety improvements in their supplier factories by joining the legally-binding Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. All three retailers have been involved in the scourge of factory disasters in Bangladesh.

Right now, scores of garment workers are still trapped under the rubble of a building in Bangladesh which housed six factories making clothes for dozens of US and European brands. These workers were denied their right to refuse dangerous work: they were told they would lose a month’s pay if they didn’t report to work the day after cracks appeared in the walls. Over 370 people have perished as a result of Wednesday’s tragedy, and it remains unclear how many more victims will lose their lives as the rescue operation continues.

The disaster at Rana Plaza is now the deadliest incident in the garment industry in known history. It is but one in a series of disasters that could have been preventable, had the largest apparel buyers learned from earlier tragedies and adopted the safety measures urged by unions and labor rights groups. In April 2005, 64 workers died when their warnings were ignored and Spectrum factory collapsed. In February 2010, 21 workers were killed in the fire at Garib & Garib, a factory that supplied H&M. In December 2010, 29 workers perished in the That’s It Sportswear factory fire, where burned remnants of Old Navy clothing (a Gap Inc. brand) was found. Then, just last fall disaster struck again. The fire at Tazreen, a supplier to Walmart and Sears, took the lives of 112 garment workers. These are only four of the dozens of preventable incidents that have taken garment workers’ lives in Bangladesh. This pattern of fires and building collapses will not end unless retailers make real change in their sourcing practices.

Please take action now and call on Walmart, H&M, and Gap to sign the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement before the next factory fire or building collapse takes the lives of more garment workers. These murders must not be allowed to continue.


David C. (240)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 1:52 pm
done, I never shop at any of these stores, but have just another reason to avoid.

. (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:07 pm
action taken

Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 2:46 pm
I don't either Dave and haven't been in any of these stores in years ~ this is one of the many reasons.

Rose Becke (140)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:08 pm
Signed Bev

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:25 pm
I tried several times but I could not pull it up to sign.

Freya H. (353)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 4:37 pm
I will not buy from these stores as long as they support such mega-sweatshops. Whatever happened to Made in the USA?

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 5:53 pm
Signed. Our ancestors in at the turn of the 19th to the 20th Century had to Unionize, in the sweatshops, in the mines, all over this Country they had to organize and stand strong and together. Out of this we got improved working standards, Child Labor Laws, living wage and the weekend among other things. We are loosing a lot of that, and in order for our standards to go up theirs also must go up. These people will have to Unionize to improve conditions, for the Greedy Ones that make money off of the backs of the Laborers will not willingly give one extra cent or do one nice thing thing if they are not forced to do so.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 11:11 pm
Great comment Dandelion I signed Cheers

Yvonne F. (181)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:59 am
Beyond Words!!! So signed!!! The Companies using these factories need to be hold responsible. Otherwise, there will be no change! Thanks Beverly for this great post

Ben Oscarsito (290)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:40 am
Done! (Again)

Michela M. (4008)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:19 am
Just come back to Rome from Sweden
Hugs!! Ciao!! michela


Arwen Woods (207)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:20 am
The link won't work for me. :-( I have noted and shared though.x

paul m. (93)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:01 am


Gloria picchetti (311)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:18 am
Signed. I had to reboot to make the link connect.

Michael Kirkby (97)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:28 am
Signed & posted

Elaine White (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:39 am

Lindsay Kemp (2)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:41 am
Signed and noted. This is a terrible tragedy, but it is not just the big corporations that are to blame. Everyone who wants cheap clothes plays into this. We all have to learn that if we want something, we have to pay the proper price for it.

Silvia Gonzalez (37)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:08 am

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday April 29, 2013, 7:56 am
signed and noted. TY

. (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 8:02 am
Signed and Noted.

S S. (0)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:10 pm
Signed, thank you.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:46 pm
Message sent. Noted. Thank you, Beverly.

Joanne A. (47)
Monday April 29, 2013, 1:53 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks

Birgit W. (159)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:18 pm
Signed, thanks

Lynn Squance (236)
Monday April 29, 2013, 2:43 pm

I did go to WalMart for one necessity for my mother only that I couldn't find anywhere else. I always felt 'dirty' going into WalFart! I have since been able to get it at my own Canadian owned pharmacy where I have been dealing for over 20 years... and so far, their price has been better than WalMart and after the first order, I didn't have to order as they automatically brought in 7 weeks later. Better service, better price, more convenient, and ethics to boot! My kind of store!

John B. (194)
Monday April 29, 2013, 3:37 pm
Thanks Beverly for providing the link. Message signed sent and post noted.

Angeles Madrazo (301)
Monday April 29, 2013, 5:28 pm

Jason Flint (5)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:11 pm
signed and noted

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:12 pm
Thank you! (S, N, P, T)

Jeremy S. (3)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:28 pm
I heard about this on NRP and was appalled--how do these companies get away with it? I'm speaking not only of the companies that work their employees to death, but also those that purchase the goods created there. Now I know how Walmart keeps its prices so low, anyway...

Jeremy S. (3)
Monday April 29, 2013, 6:28 pm
Ah, make that NPR, btw...

Monday April 29, 2013, 7:33 pm
Signed, thanks.

Lloyd H. (46)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:59 pm
March 25, 1911, 146 dead in the good old USA Tiangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Just one of the many in the US history of Corporate profit of human life.

Scott haakon (4)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:03 pm
Who sets the building codes? That is the responsible party,

Nancy Crouse (5)
Monday April 29, 2013, 11:35 pm
These companies may as well just have stood with a gun to the heads of each and every person in that building. It really was not a building because most of it was illegally built, therefore it was a verticle shack built on toothpicks it seems. When we purchase items made in these places we are responsible for giving the corporations the permission and our money to employ the cheapest labour and often it is slave labour. People are greedy and therefore the man in charge of the building in Bangladesh built this mess to put humans into harms way so he could make a few bucks and the mega-coporations billions of dollars every year with off shore labour.
It is time we boycott all of the companies and take back our power. It is time to demand that jobs return to Canada and the USA. Enough of this cheap labour and cheaper goods. It is time we return to quality and not quantity, time to teach our children the value of money and what is really important in life. We need field trips over to these countries to wake up these over priveledged self entitled children to the facts of life. As their lazy butts sit and play video games blowing up to over indulgent weight which will kill them in their 30's if not ealier.
These corporations are murderers, plain and simple. It rests with them as they are the indirect employers responsible for human lives. It is time for international courts to charge these mega corporations with murder or at least manslaughter. It is time for justice.

Inge Bjorkman (188)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 11:02 am
Shame on you Walmart, H&M, and Gap and pay higher wages

Petra M. (260)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 6:12 am
Signed! Great comment Dandelion...

Patricia R. (13)
Wednesday May 1, 2013, 11:53 am

alicia m. (97)
Friday May 3, 2013, 1:44 am
noted, signed, gracias

Melania Padilla (197)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 9:43 am
Signed just now

Klaus Peters (14)
Saturday May 11, 2013, 10:11 am
Noted and signed. These companies are a disgrace, using poor people to make huge profits. Naturally those greedy companies step back when things go bad; not or fault.
If you buy cheap rubbish you will hurt poor people and make the greedy rich as we have seen several times in Bangladesh

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 2:50 am
Noted and signed

Helen P. (57)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 5:46 pm
Noted & signed. From May 13 H&M was removed from petition due to their factory safety announcement. (More details through link via the site).
Walmart owns Asda in the UK. Other comparable inexpensive brands in the UK, for (example Tesco and Primark) have now agreed to have the fire safety regulations in Bangladesh after this disaster. I don't think the regulations go far enough but at least they are a (small) step in the right direction.
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