As the final death toll of the Bangladesh factory collapse reached 1,126 last week, a small section of the second floor of a shoe factory in Cambodia gave way.
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C = the working conditions of garment factory workers
R = the responsibility manufacturing companies, consumers, and/or governments have in the issue
S = suggestions for solving the problem
C- Factories collapse in Bangladesh (total of 1,126 dead).
C- There is factory fires in Bangladesh (claimed 400 lives).
R- In Cambodia, there has been none of this kind of stuff since 2001, due to the fact the government had the International Labor Assossiation watch over the garment industry.
S- International Labor Oragnization (ILO) Program is also called better factories. Cambodia did this to solve their issue.
R/S- Bangladesh might take on the better factories solution. Because they urgentntly need it.
S- ILO has gone across the globe now.
S- The ILO was a crucial first step toward intrustrilization in Cambodia.
S- ILO teams austited factory conditions, worker contracts and other key terms of labor exchange so that Cambodia could export garments tariff- free to the U.S consumer market.
S- This system has kept Cambodia's export factories free from child labor and nearly free of sweatshop conditons.
R/ C- In Cambodia. workers have reduced length of worker contracts, workplace- condtions infractions have gone unpunished, and minimum wage has decreased.
C- Half of the workers are anemic (causes fatigue), also are not getting enough nourishment.
C- Minimum wage gives them enough to eat, but they still feel hungry.
C- More than 80% of garment workers are employed through short term contracts (lasting less than a year).
R- The ILO has lost vaulable leverage.
C- Fire safty regulations now.
C- 88% factories are violating limits on overtime, and 55% of factories were not providing safe drinking water.
S- Lesson for Bangladesh is that unabashed compliance violators must be named and shamed, but factories and their buyers may resist.
R- Camodian went off the deep end in 2005 when there deal with the U.S stopped.