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Bangladesh: Female garment workers allegedly expected to get through 400 pieces/hour & fired for trying to form unions

Author: PRI's The World, Published on: 2 March 2016

"The face of Target (and others) in Bangladesh, at 400 pieces an hour", March 2016

(...)There’s a lesser-known story alongside the news of unsafe or harsh working conditions in Bangladesh: jobs for women... Sabina, a garment worker [said] “Some weeks it seems like I don’t get any rest at all (...)"It seems like I have just lain down when I have to get up and go to work again.”... She’d worked until 10:30 the night before on an order for Target, checking for defects and making sure the garment colors were right. She’s expected to get through 400 pieces of clothing an hour. Working until 2 a.m. is not uncommon if there’s a shipping deadline... Recently, she was fired from her job at the factory, along with scores of her coworkers. She says it was because her bosses found out they were trying to build a union... she found a job in a factory in an industrial area outside of Dhaka. The job doesn’t pay as well as her old one, and she’s worried she won’t be able to keep up with her daughter’s school fees.

*Sourced by RepRisk due diligence on ESG and business conduct risks, www.reprisk.com.

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Related companies: Target