Efforts to improve working conditions chug along

In 1984 in Bhopal India more than 3,000 people were killed and thousands more injured in an industrial gas leak accident at a Union Carbide pesticide plant. Litigation in response to the accident was pursued in both U.S. and Indian courts, but with limited results.  The reaction of the principal companies involved was generally denial, and a refusal to take responsibility for their role in this massive industrial accident. In April 2013 the collapse of a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh containing five garment factories, killed more than 1,100 people. Media attention quickly focused on the responsibilities of multinational firms outsourcing their products in these factories to improve working conditions and develop longer term plans to allow such victims redress. While most of the companies are ostensibly working to prevent such future disasters and these efforts chug along, memories start to fade and stories of workers like Meem (described in The Star article below) abound, and remind us that these working conditions are intolerable and everything is not ‘all okay’.

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