Pope launches passionate attack against ‘slave labour’ conditions of workers in Bangladesh

Posted: May 2, 2013 by Ty in Spirituality

National Post | Life

Pope Francis made a passionate attack Wednesday on the “slave labour” conditions endured by workers inside the eight-storey building in Bangladesh that collapsed last week, claiming at least 384 lives.

Up to 900 people remain missing presumed dead in the ruins of Rana Plaza, which contained four garment factories, including one supplying the British retailers Primark and Bonmarche.

The building’s proprietor and some of the factory owners have been arrested. Survivors said they had been ordered to return to work despite cracks appearing in the structure of the building the previous day. An estimated 3,500 workers were employed in the Rana Plaza’s factories in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital.

Many earned only about $36 per month.

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Primark, which has 161 shops in Britain, has promised to compensate the relatives of the dead, although the company has not said how much will be offered. Bonmarche, with 360 British outlets and…

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