01 December, 2020

Through The Smokescreen, This Side Up

Amidst the misery of Bangladeshi workers, strands that trail to India

AFP (From Outlook 27 May 2013)
Through The Smokescreen, This Side Up

Indian Connections

  • Thousands rendered jobless in Bangladesh after Lilliput Kidswear fails to pay $4 million to factories
  • Rana Plaza housed a unit, New Wave, that was outsourced work by an Indian supplier of Benetton
  • Tung Hai Sweater Ltd, where a fire killed eight, produced garments for Indian buyers
  • As imports from Bangladesh rise, Indian buyers are being asked to ensure they or their partners don’t abuse workers’ rights
  • India imported $57.51 million worth of garments from Bangladesh between July 2012-March 2013


Jamal Hossain, owner of a garment factory in Dhaka, was a pleased man when he bagged repeated orders worth several hundreds of thousands of dollars from Indian kidswear retail giant Lilliput. He had been paid around $600,000 between 2010 and 2011. That dream run soured in September 2011 when Lilliput, because of poor fiscal management, failed to pay $277,000 for the winterwear Jamal’s workers had stitched....



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