Thursday, January 3, 2013

Exposé: Walmart blocked safety improvements

Democracy Now!:

Walmart has vowed to improve safety problems among suppliers who make clothes for the company after at least 111 workers died in a deadly fire at a Bangladesh garment factory. But inspection reports found inside the facility underscore fundamental problems with the how the Walmart’s supply chain allows it to avoid improving conditions. “One of the main monitoring companies, inspection companies for Walmart, admitted that ‘We don’t even check whether factories have emergency exits, whether they have fire escapes or fire-proof smoke-proof enclosed staircases, and this factory did not have outdoor fire escapes or enclosed staircases,” says Steven Greenhouse, labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times about his latest investigation, "As Walmart Makes Safety Vows, It’s Seen as Obstacle to Change."

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