Intimidation and violence must end in garment factories: ILRF

The Financial Express
Safe industrial buildings are not enough to ensure safety for garment workers in Bangladesh, says a study by International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF).
The study claims the issue of intimidation and violence has to be addressed if major changes have to be brought about. A recent report by ILRF, a Washington-based organisation, emphasises the need to instill ‘respect for workers’ as the next step towards reforms. Based on interviews of more than 70 workers, the study says that workers will not be safe unless they have a 'voice' in the work place. It says the workers stressed on the need to break the ‘chilling web of social relations of intimidation and violence’ that exists in factories and apparel companies and even affects their families and communities.