Last Nightshift in Savar: The Story of Spectrum Sweater Factory Collapse

Last Nightshift in Savar: The Story of Spectrum Sweater Factory Collapse

by Doug Miller


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In April 2005 a factory making sweaters for the European market collapsed during the nightshift in Savar, Bangladesh. The circumstances of this disaster, which caused the deaths of 64 clothing workers and injured a further 84, proved to be a final straw for trade unionists and NGO activists who had long been concerned about the state of factory safety.

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ISBN-13: 9780857160393
Publisher: Global Book Sales
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

List of Figures and Tables vii

Foreword Dan Cunniah ix

Preface xi

List of Abbreviations xviii

Chapter 1 'Sweaters' and 'Sweating' in Bangladesh 1

Chapter 2 Zero Fifty Hours in Palashbari 21

Chapter 3 A Disaster Waiting to Happen 33

Chapter 4 Bangladesh Civil Society Mobilises 45

Chapter 5 The International Solidarity Efforts and the Reactions of the Multinational Buyers 61

Chapter 6 The Relief Schemes in Operation 97

Chapter 7 Plus ça change - plus c'est la même chose. Assessing the Outcomes 129

Chapter 8 Conclusion - Spectrum and the limits of Corporate Social Responsibility 141

Appendix 1 List of the dead workers at Spectrum 153

Appendix 2 List of injured workers at Spectrum 157

Appendix 3 Bangladesh Garment Workers Unions' 10 Point Charter of Demands 2006 161

Appendix 4 Owners' Statement concerning the collapse 163

Appendix 5 Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation Act 2006 167

Appendix 6 Charter of demands from BNC and other Trade Union Groupings to the Brands Delegation representing the buyers of Hameem Group 171

Chronology 173

Bibliography 179

Notes 191

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