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UWC- Bangladesh/Global Organizing Prezi

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New York, New York
March 25, 1911
Blood, Sweat or Tears On Your Shirt?
The Dangers of Globalization & The Power of Global Organizing
What happened at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory of New York on March 25, 1911?
What happened at the West Texas Fertilizer plant
on April 17, 2013?
West Texas,
West Fertilizer Company
The hands behind the thread...Bangladesh
Part I
Presentation Purpose/Directions/Outline
*for subtitles (English or Spanish), turn on at the bottom of video screen from YOUTUBE directly
What CAN we do about it?
The hands behind the thread...Nicaragua
More than 8,000 workers produce camisoles, T-shirts and lycra clothing for Walmart and other retailers at this one garment factory inside an export processing zone in Tipitapa, Nicaragua.

They are paid less than $1 per hour. They are mistreated, regularly yelled at, denied trips to the bathroom and more.
Bangladesh, April 24, 2013
The factory complex Rana Plaza in Dhaka collapsed after garment workers reported seeing cracks and hearing creaking sounds.

There were a total of 5 garment factories in this one building.

The search for the dead ended on May 13th with the death toll of 1,127.

Five months earlier there was another garment factory that had caught fire, killing 112 workers.

And within days of this Rana Plaza tragedy, eight people were killed when a fire swept through another clothing factory in the same city of Dhaka.
But why does this happen?
Theory #1: Corporate Greed
Businesses that allow profit to drive all business decision making.

Theory #2: Globalization
The development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets.

* BUT this is a freedom of money to migrate--while not allowing people (who may wish to move in hopes of finding better working conditions/wages).
"the deadliest garment-factory accident in history"
Walmart: Store Employee
Chicago, IL
Walmart: Wharehouse Worker
Inland Empire, CA
Inland Empire, CA
Chicago, IL
What is The Asia Floor Wage?
Sign the Petition.

Educate your community on the issues.
Organize an Action.
Support The Asia Floor Wage!
Get Involved! Find out more...

*for subtitles (English or Spanish), turn on at the bottom of video screen from YOUTUBE directly
Bangladesh Garment Worker Wages Break Down
Asia Floor Wage Introduction

Union leaders and labor activists in Asia came together to explore a union-based Asian strategy for the global garment industry.

The discussions began in India and moved to other Asian countries.

Wage emerged as the key issue for strategising; and the concept of an Asia Floor Wage began to be explored.

What began as an Asia-based process has now expanded to become an international alliance for Asia Floor Wage.
Worker/Community Organizing IS Working!
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh-
Establish independent inspections to oversee all factories in Bangladesh, with powers to shut down unsafe facilities as part of a legally binding contract signed by suppliers, customers and unions. The inspections would be funded by contributions from the companies of up to $500,000 per year.

-Has been signed by: H&M, Primark, C&A, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Zara and Tesco.

-Who has yet to sign on?
Gap, Walmart, etc.
Global Supply Chain!
The garment industry now accounts for 80 percent of Bangladesh's exports, making the country the third largest exporter of garments in the world. This has helped create more than 3.5 million garment jobs in the country,
In1994: $11 per month
In 2006: $22 per month
In 2010: $37 a month
*That’s where it remains today, constituting one of the lowest minimum wages in the world.
Bangladeshi minimum wage
Part II
And what can we do about this?
But these issues don't just stop in Asia...
Workers all around the world and at every stage of garment product/sales are facing similar challenges & fights for dignity and respect in the work place!
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