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Dirty Clothes

24 April 2013
Bangladesh Independent Garment Workers Union
Call number: 
BG E27/111

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a commercial building with five garment factories operating inside collapsed. After days of searching, death toll ended at 1129. In the aftermath, pope Franciscus spoke out against working conditions in the Bangladesh textile factories  - 'this is slave labour'-. Workers marched through Dhaka by the thousands to demand safe working conditions.

IISH's South Asia Desk collects all kind of quantitative and qualitative materials that refer to workers in Bangladesh. Topics like unemployment, strikes, demonstrations, gender and ethnic discrimination, education and care for the sick and disabled are also covered.