Devastating news from Delhi, India this morning.
It's thought that the factory was operating illegally and that the building had violated multiple regulations.
We must change the way we trade, the way we consume, and the way we interact with supply chains so tragedies like these are not part of our future.
#buygood #speakup #makechange Repost from @fash_rev using @RepostRegramApp - Early this morning, it was reported that a fire in a Delhi factory killed at least 43 victims, most of whom were migrant labourers asleep on the factory floors throughout the night.
This tragedy intersects the systemic issues of migrant labour, building safety and regulation, as the factory is thought to have been operating illegally, with multiple unsecure wires ready to catch ablaze. According to the @MFO_WorkerDiaries 12% of garment factory workers in India reported having seen at least one fire in their current workplace.
Too often in the clothing supply chain, garment workers are made to stay and work overtime hours when production targets have not been met, as may have been the case for this school bag making factory. Then, when the work is done, workers are often made to sleep on the factory floors as it isn’t safe for them to journey home in the dark. As well, with the youngest victim reported to be aged 13, this loss of life also touches on the tragic issue of child labour.
Across the spectrum of transgressions that lead to this disaster, transparency is the missing thread. Without transparency, brands, factories, and operations even further down the supply chain can continue to pervade a system of injustice. In the wake of this tragedy, rather than feel helpless, let’s ask brands #WhoMadeMyClothes? and demand that the fashion industry put an end to exploitation.
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