Nearly three weeks after the Rana Plaza garment factory building collapse in Bangladesh, police have called off the search for bodies. The death toll from the worst accident in the industry’s history is 1,127.
Under intense pressure to respond to the tragedy, Bangladesh’s government agreed Monday to allow garment workers to unionize without permission from factory owners. The government also announced plans to raise the meager minimum wage for garment workers, currently $38 a month, which is among the lowest pay in the world for garment workers. Is this a turning appoint?
Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, appeared on Jansing & Co. to discuss the fall out from the tragedy. She says she hopes the tragedy will finally lead to better wages and working conditions for garment workers. “This is really a turning point,” she said. “I think the brands are going to have to offer an ethical option or consumers are going to start looking elsewhere.” You can watch the segment here.