Petition by Jamie Way
Recently, 112 people died in a Bangladeshi factory fire producing goods for Walmart. Walmart must take responsibility, make amends, and act to prevent future tragedies.
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What happened to the workers at the factory fire in Bangladesh was caused by the same disrespect and disregard for human rights that Walmart shows workers here in the US. These are the tragic and avoidable consequences that result from an unrelenting effort to shave off a few more pennies in the supply chain. Walmart is responsible for the conditions it forces throughout its supply chain regardless of the number of middlemen. The same solutions are required here in the US, in Bangladesh, and everywhere that Walmart shapes the circumstances of work.
Make amends to survivors and the families of victims. Pay immediate and full compensation to family members of those who died at the equivalent of lifetime lost pay, and pay survivors compensation based on lost earning ability and medical expenses.
Act to prevent future tragedies by signing on to the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement which has been initiated by Bangladeshi and international labor unions and NGOs and signed onto by PVH (owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger) and German retailer Tchibo. The program includes independent inspections, public reporting, mandatory repairs and renovations, a central role for workers and unions in both oversight and implementation, supplier contracts with sufficient financing and adequate pricing, and a binding contract to make these commitments enforceable.
Take responsibility for the safety of workers by paying prices to suppliers at a level that makes it possible for them to meet basic safety standards and provide a basic level of human dignity.