Published: Friday, May 3, 2013

It’s slave labour

Pope shocked at poor wages Bangladesh RMG workers get

It's slave labour

The pope has condemned as “slave labour” the working conditions of the Bangladesh garment workers who died in last week’s Savar factory collapse.
As workers took the streets to demand better working conditions and the official death toll rose to more than 400, Pope Francis said he was shocked by a headline from saying some of the workers were living on €38 (£32) a month.
“This was the payment of these people who have died … And this is called ‘slave labour’,” he said during a private mass on Wednesday at the Vatican, the Guardian reports.
“Today in the world this slavery is being committed against something beautiful that God has given us — the capacity to create, to work, to have dignity.
“Not paying a fair wage, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking to make a profit that goes against God,” he was quoted as saying by Vatican radio, BBC adds.
Five garment factories were housed in the illegally constructed, eight-storey Rana Plaza that collapsed in Savar, a Dhaka suburb. Five months after a fire killed 112 people at another clothing factory, the collapse again highlighted safety problems in the country’s $20bn (£13bn)-a-year garment industry, which supplies retailers around the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/faro.faros Faro Faros

    So many workers had to die before the world realized what was happening to the workers working in the garments factory of this country. Such a shame.

  • Steve.

    It is always easy to say things than get done. We will mourn and by our labor we will build community. When they say ‘you cannot’ we will prove ourselves by working harder that we can. When they say ‘you are cheap’ we will invite them to invest. But we will never break down again. It is only God who is our refuge and strength and a very present help in the time of trouble.

  • Steve.

    It is always easy to say things than get done, and when they do they do harm. We Bangladeshis will mourn and by our labor we will build community for the poorer people. When they say ‘you cannot’ we will prove ourselves by working harder that we can. When they say ‘you are cheap’ we will invite them to invest. But we will never break down. It is only God who is our refuge and strength and a very present help in the time of trouble.

  • Reaz Hassan

    Modern day slavery is not bonded slavery as existed till the 19th century but are to be found in a roundabout manner in the unregulated sweat shops in the developing economies like Bangladesh. Regulatory bodies have failed miserably and employers’ organizations cannot be trusted. Let there be the collective bargaining agents (CBA’s) to look after their own salvation, and only that way Pope Francis’ wishes could become a reality.

  • Steve.

    It is always easy to say things than get done. We Bangladeshis will mourn and by our labor we will build community. When they say you cannot we will prove ourselves by working harder that we can. When they say ‘you are cheap’ we will invite them to invest. But we will never break down. It is only God who is our refuge and strength and a very present help in the time of trouble.

  • Steve.

    I agree with you Arif. You are very true.

  • Reaz Hassan

    Sure, there are major problems within the Catholic Church including that
    of sexual abuses but it does not mean that His Holiness must remain quiet to iniquitous treatment in other major areas of world wide concern. That is a primitive approach.

    • from_beluchistan

      So , should you and I , we keep on writing against the bad , hoping that it will one day end .

  • Abir Hasan

    The pope can ask the European and American buyers to increase prices of the products they buy from Bangladesh which can improve the wedges of Bangladeshi labors. He can also ask EU and USA government for tax-free entry of Bangladeshi products in those countries to help Bangladeshi garments labors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/niloufar.sarker Niloufar Naseem Sarker

    Oh dear Lord !You have hit the nail on the head.