Around three and a half million workers are employed in about 5,000 factories. Most are young women and girls. Fundamental rights are denied.
Besides horrific conditions and sub-poverty wages, Bangladesh fire safety is notoriously poor.
The Clean Clothes Campaign said over 500 Bangladeshi workers died in factory fires since 2006 alone. More tragedies ahead are certain.
IGLHR published eyewitness Tazreen testimonies . A senior worker said:
On November 24, fire started around 6:30PM. It broke out on the ground floor. "It quickly spread to upper floors. About 1,800 workers were trapped."
"Our production manager, Mr. Monju, pulled down the collapsible gate on the third floor, forcing us to continue working."
"We pleaded with him to let us out, but Mr. Monju assured us that nothing was wrong and we should keep working. He told us not to listen to any rumors. He said again, "Nothing has happened, just keep working.' "- Advertisement -
"We smelled the fumes and saw the flames coming from the ground floor of the factory. There is no emergency exit in the factory. Some of the finishing section workers managed to escape, but the sewing section workers were trapped inside."
"Some workers broke the windows and jumped from the building."