Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bangladesh 'slave labour'

The pope has condemned as 'slave labour' the conditions of the  hundreds of sweatshop workers killed last week when a building collpased in Bangladesh (BBC report here). These people worked in a  horrible environment and were paid a pittance so that we in the west might wander down to our local multi-national and buy cheap clothes. The demand we create is in large part the cause of situations like this. Pray for these workers and their families ... and pray that in the west our commitment to justice will not stop at uttering platitudes when tragedies like this occur, but will translate into real action to prevent such terrible events from taking place again.

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