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SASNET seminar on Health and Safety in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garment industry

October 3, 2013 - 15:15

The textile and clothing industries provide the single source of economic growth in Bangladesh’s rapidly developing economy. Today, about 4 million people, mostly women, works in Bangladesh’s export-oriented ready-made garment industry, and exports of textiles and garments are the principal source of foreign exchange earnings. The backside is super-exploitation and repression of the workers who receive minimal wages, and an alarming lack of security due to corruption. Deadly fires and other incidents occur regularly, like the one on April 24, 2013, when more than 1 000 textile workers were killed when a garment factory in Savar collapsed (photo). 


 Doug Miller and Helena Thorfinn.

SASNET invites to a seminar on these issues on Thursday 3 October 2013, at 15.15. The seminar is organised in collaboration with the Dept. of Sociology and the School of Social Work at Lund University, and features two speakers, Professor Emeritus Doug Miller from the School of Design at University of Northumbria in Newcastle on Tyne, UK; and Swedish writer Helena Thorfinn, now working as Communications Manager for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) at Lund University.

Doug Miller will give a presentation entitled ”Forcing Workers to Die – the State of Health and Safety in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garment industry”. He is a leading expert on workers rights in the fashion business. Between 2000 and 2008 he was Research Director at the International Textile Garments and Leather Workers Federation (ITGLWF), the global union for the sector. He has also authored a book, ”Last Night in Savar”, published in 2012, on the 2005 Spectrum Sweater Factory Collapse in Bangladesh (more information), and has an ongoing interest in mechanisms for costing and delivering a living wage in the global fashion industry.
Helena Thorfinn has previously worked as a journalist and as a social analyst for Save the Children and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Bangladesh. Last year she presented a novel ”Innan floden tar oss/Sisters by the River” based on her work experiences. The book is a fascinating story on life in Bangladesh, including so many true-to-life experiences such as criminally dilapidated textile factories, corruption, etc. More information about the book.

Venue: Edebalksalen, School of Social Work, Bredgatan 13, Lund.


SASNET seminar on Health and Safety in the Bangladesh Ready Made Garment industry


October 3, 2013