Several months ago, Bangladeshi radio personality R. J. Apu, who grew up reading the comics throughout the 1990s — and whose actual name is Zahidul Haque Apu — created cover art that shows Tintin in various cities across the country.
A last-minute deal between brands, retailers and unions to extend negotiations for three more months will keep from lapsing an agreement aimed at protecting garment workers’ safety in Bangladesh. It was originally set to expire on May 31.
In Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of people are being displaced from their coastal homes and are moving into the slums of cities unprepared to handle the influx. What’s new is the frequency of climate-related catastrophes and the scale of their impact.
After thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh staged week-long protests, garment factory owners agreed to raise workers' pay to 95 USD per month, but protesters say it's not enough while owners point to global brands to share the costs.
Rongmala Begum, like many of Bangladesh’s garment workers, doesn’t know how old she is. She doesn’t have a birth certificate, which is common for the rural poor here. She thinks she’s in her 40s. She has an identification card, but she can’t read it. Begum is illiterate.
The Rana Plaza collapse made companies and consumers more aware of working conditions in the clothing factories. In some places, reforms have made workers safer, but the changes are far from universal.
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