Bangladesh fatal fire was no accident

A recent investigative article on the events that led to the fire at the Tampaco Foils factory where at least 34 workers were killed points to systemic problems. While the company was audited for its health and safety compliance a few years earlier, many problems were left unsolved. Even with recent political improvements, the Bangladeshi government’s lax enforcement of regulations and laws allows companies to avoid being held accountable. In addition, the ongoing repression of independent unions leaves the workers totally vulnerable. Nevertheless, even against constant opposition, workers keep fighting, looking for justice, a safe workplace and demanding a living wage.