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Tag: the Gap

April
28th

Low-wage workers pay steep price for our bargain clothing

29emondayThis editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

That ridiculously low price tag for a new shirt is great, right? Everyone enjoys getting a good deal.

But tragedies like the one last week in Savar, Bangladesh, show that someone often ends up paying a steep price for that kind of bargain. In this case, it was hundreds of garment workers killed in the collapse of a substandard building housing several clothing factories.

It’s not the first such disaster. Last September, nearly 300 workers died in a fire in Islamabad, Pakistan. And in November, a factory fire killed 112 clothing workers in Tazreen, Bangladesh. Many smaller incidents have upwards of 600 workers over the past decade in Bangladesh, which has an estimated 4,000 clothing factories.

These kinds of Third World operations churn out the fashions we buy from big-name retailers like Read more »