A collapse of a Rana Plaza factory complex in Savar, Bangladesh caused international headlines. At last count the death total was 400 people and 2500 have already been accounted for. Hundreds are still missing though. Many big name designer clothes were manufactured in this facility. If these same outfits were manufactured in North America, the owners would face stricter building codes for their workers. They would then have to pay their workers a union wage, or a living wage, including other taxes. Instead such jobs are exported to third world countries. The only ones overpaid in this industry are the fashion designers and fashion models that wear such items. Yes, the companies involved in such a scandal, Loblaw’s and it`s Joe Fresh line, promise to pay compensation to the families of those victims but when the media focus is elsewhere, as is always the case, the corrupt officials will be paid and the show must go on. Already there are stories in the media, revealing the ugly reality of Bangladesh being over run by gangs and the illegal drug trade.
Paul Collins, author of Mack Dunstan’s Inferno / Mystery of Everyman’s Way